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Award Benchmarks

For kids who take the Physical Fitness Test,* we offer awards for every fitness level based on these standards for the activities:

  • Presidential Physical Fitness Award—To earn this award, students must score at or above the 85th percentile on all five activities.
  • National Physical Fitness Award—Students earn this award for scoring above the 50th percentile on all five activities.
  • Participant Physical Fitness Award—Students earn this award if they participate in all five activities, but one or more of their scores fall below the 50th percentile.

* The Physical Fitness Test will no longer be available after the 2012–2013 school year. Get up to speed with the new health-based assessment from the Presidential Youth Fitness Program now! Awards and recognition play a big part in the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. Check out the new awards that motivate children to stay on track with their fitness and physical activity goals.

See Where Your Students Place

Educators, we want you to be in the know about how your students rank with their Physical Fitness Test results, and our free Fitness File software helps you track students’ scores.

You can also refer to our Normative Data Spreadsheet (Excel), which shows percentile scores for each activity, and the handy charts below.

Presidential Physical Fitness Award Qualifying Standards (85th Percentile)

The standards for this award are based on the 1985 National School Population Fitness Survey. They were validated in 1998 through comparison with a large nationwide sample collected in 1994.

National Physical Fitness Award Qualifying Standards (50th Percentile)

The standards for this award are based on the 1985 National School Population Fitness Survey. They were validated in 1998 through comparison with a large nationwide sample collected in 1994.

*Norms from Canada Fitness Award Program, Health Canada, Government of Canada with permission.
**Note: 1/4 and 1/2 mile norms from Amateur Athletic Union Physical Fitness Program with permission.

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