California Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

A variety of online and downloadable resources are available to assist PFT Coordinators prepare for, coordinate, and carry out the administration and data collection for the PFT. As these resources are regularly updated, it is recommended PFT Coordinators periodically check back to ensure they are using the most updated versions of these resources.
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Resources for PFT Coordinators

Quick Reference Guide – How To Complete the Coordinator Designation Form
This guide provides step by step instructions for completing the online coordinator designation form.

PFT Coordinator Manual (PDF)
This manual provides PFT Coordinators with the information and resources needed to prepare, coordinate, and carry out all the activities associated with the PFT.

PFT Coordinators Checklist
Provides a breakdown of tasks for the PFT Coordinator and an approximate time frame for these tasks to be completed.

PFT Student Data File Layout (PDF)
This layout is designed for text files and is provided to assist with collecting the data and properly formatting the student-level file.

Updated: PFT Fact Sheet
This one–page documents answer questions about the what, why, who, how, and when for the PFT.

Resources for Test Administrators

PFT Reference Guide (PDF)
This guide is designed to assist staff in becoming familiar with the California PFT. It includes detailed descriptions of the fitness areas, the data collection requirements, most of the equations used in scoring, the performance standards, and suggestions for facilitating the administration of the different test options.

FITNESSGRAM® Fitness Areas, Test Options, and Equipment
Charts that show the test options available for each fitness area and the equipment required for each test.

FITNESSGRAM® PACER Look-Up and Goals Setting Table
This table provides the minimum number of 20-meter (20m) laps that females and males need to achieve the Healthy Fitness Zone (HFZ) for the PACER. Results or the PACER test are still reported as VO2max.

Resources to Use with Parents

A Parent Guide to Understanding the PFT (PDF)
This guides provides parents with answers to key questions about the what, why, who, how, and when.

PFT Notification of Test Administration Letter Template (DOCX)
This letter is a template you may use to send to parents or guardians notifying them of the start of PFT testing and your local testing window.

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A Site Administrators Guide to Talking with Parents about the PFT (coming soon)
This PowerPoint is a template you may use to when talking to parents or guardians about the PFT.


September 2020
As determined by SB 820, the administration of the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) is suspended for the 2020–2021 school year and the California Department of Education (CDE) will not be collecting PFT data for the 2020–2021 school year.

The next scheduled physical performance test would occur in the 2021-2022 school year and activities related to the test administration will be calendared to this site in August 2021.

If there is a change to the LEA PFT coordinator during this time, you may complete and submit the 2019-2020 PFT Coordinator Designation Form. This form can be used until a new form is posted for the 2021-2022 test administration cycle.

Prior years' PFT results in summary format for the state, counties, districts, and schools, are available at the DataQuest Web site. Research files are also available that contain PFT summary results. The research files, including file layout, entities, and subgroup files, are comma-delimited text files provided in a zip format.