FBI Physical Fitness Test

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Physical Fitness Test (PFT) is an entrance examination required for entrance into the FBI Training Academy. This exam, required for most of the criminal justice careers at the FBI, is designed to determine whether you have the physical strength and stamina necessary to become an FBI agent. The FBI PFT consists of four physical events including a sit-up test, a timed sprint, a push-up test, and a timed run. The sit-up test requires you to perform as many push-ups as you can in one minute. The timed sprint requires you to run 300 meters as quickly as you can. The push-up test requires you to perform as many push-ups as you can (you can take as much time as you want to complete the push-up test within reason, but the scale maxes out at 71 push-ups.) The timed run requires you to run 1.5 miles as quickly as you can.


The FBI PFT is scored on a point scale, and you will receive a score of -2 to 10 for the four physical events. Points received are based on gender and the number of sit-ups you perform, the number of push-ups you perform, sprint time, and run time. In order to pass the FBI PFT, you must achieve a total combined score of at least 20 points. In most cases, this means that, if you are a male, you will have to perform at least 48 sit-ups, perform at least 50 push-ups, complete your sprint in less than 46 seconds, and complete your run in less than 10 minutes and 15 seconds. If you are a female, you will have to perform at least 48 sit-ups, perform at least 30 push-ups, complete your sprint in less than 56 seconds, and complete your run in less than 11 minutes and 56 seconds. However, you may be able to pass the PFT even if you do not meet these minimum scores if you achieve a better time or perform a higher number of sit-ups/push-ups on the other portions of the exam.