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Physical Fitness Test – California

The PFT provides information that can be used by (1) students to assess and plan personal fitness programs, (2) teachers to design the curriculum for physical education programs, and (3) parents and guardians to understand their children's fitness levels. The programs also provide results that are used to monitor changes in the physical fitness of California students. By law (Education Code (EC) Section 60800 public schools are required to administer the PFT annually to all students in grades 5, 7 and 9 (

The PFT is administered by Education Specialists. Testing Includes:

  1. Aerobic Capacity – One Mile Run
  2. Abdominal Strength and Endurance – Curl-Up
  3. Upper Body Strength and Endurance – Push-Up
  4. Trunk Extensor Strength and Flexibility – Trunk Lift
  5. Flexibility – Shoulder Stretch
  6. Recording of Height and Weigh

Grades 5, 7 & 9 PFT testing dates vary in February through April