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Connecticut Physical Fitness Test

Connecticut Physical Fitness Test  


The Connecticut Physical Fitness Assessment Program (CPFA) assesses student fitness levels in four health-related fitness components.  This program includes health-related fitness tests designed to assess muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance.

The following are the components of the CPFA.

P.A.C.E.R. Test- The P.A.C.E.R. stands for Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run. It is a multi-stage fitness test, performed in a shuttle-run format, that helps children pace themselves effectively, and is generally regarded as more fun for younger children than the mile run. The P.A.C.E.R. is a viable alternative to the mile run, even though both tests measure aerobic endurance, because it can be administered indoors or in a much smaller area than is needed for the mile run, and accommodates inclement weather.  Additionally, we can administer it on regular intervals throughout the school year to reassess student fitness achievement. 


The back-saver sit-and-reach test is a measure of joint flexibility, which is important to overall functional health. Testing one leg at a time helps to identify any asymmetry in hamstring flexibility while avoiding hyper- extension of both knees.  Stretch-ability and symmetry of the hamstring muscles at the back of the legs, and flexibility of the spine are important to general fitness, injury avoidance and long-term back health.  The objective of the test is to reach the specified distance on the right and left sides of the body. 


The 90 degree push-up is a test of upper body muscle strength and endurance. Strength and endurance of the muscles of the upper body are important in activities of daily living, maintaining functional health and promoting good posture.  The objective of the test is to complete as many 90-degree push-ups as possible at a specified pace.


The curl-up is a test of abdominal strength and endurance. Strength and endurance of abdominal muscles are important in promoting good posture and correct pelvic alignment, both important elements in back health.  The test objective is to complete as many curl-ups as possible up to a maximum of 60 at a specified pace.


Fitness Test Standards

Please use the following link to view the Connecticut Physical Fitness Standards