CFA Evaluation

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  1. usnajosh

    usnajosh Member

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    Ok everybody I just finished my CFA today. Here are the results:

    60ft. b-ball throw
    8.7 shuttle run
    19 pull-ups (18 is max I know)
    75 push-ups
    85 sit-ups
    7:30 mile run:frown:

    As you can see, I reach the max or close to the max in half of the events, slightly above average on on the throw and shuttle run, and bombed the mile run. Will the mile run be the deal breaker, or does the rest make up for it?
     
  2. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    First of all, I assume you're male.

    Second, for all candidates out there, don't do more than the max number of anything. You won't get any extra points and will only tire yourself out. In fact, your facilitator is supposed to stop you when you reach the max.

    Third, USNA focuses on crunches, push-ups and the mile run. A 7:30 for a male will be considered slow (just being honest here). I suggest you submit these scores and work on improving your mile time and then resubmit. As a male, you want to run at least a sub-7:00. A sub 6:30 is much better.

    Will the run time kill your chances? No. But it won't help them on the athletic side. Your other scores are all excellent, so focus on improving the run.
     
  3. Memphis9489

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    I'll let others chime in on the overall quality of your CFA results. At first blush, it looks pretty good to me. 19 pull-ups! That's great!

    What I *do* know is that weakness in RUNNING is the one area during PEP (Physical Education Program) that stands out the most, much more so than weakness in push-ups and sit-ups. It is the weak area that seems to attract the most visibility. Nonetheless, all of these activities are part of the PRT (Physical Readiness Test) and must be passed in order to graduate.

    I don't know. Is 7:30 considered a bad score?
     
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    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Average score for males = 6:40
     
  5. Memphis9489

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    Oh, well - then in that case - I'd say this lad has some work to do.

    I was thinking that it was a 1.5 miles they had to run. I see it is only a 1-mile run. Yes, I can see that 7:30 may be a less than impressive score.

    It's odd that he scored so well in the other areas.
     
  6. usnajosh

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    Yeah you are all right. I've been re-running this thing through my head all day and it just comes down to one simple thing: I choked at the end. Running is my least favorite thing, and I let it get in my head. Last year when I did the CFA I got 6:40 on the mile-run. I know Ive improved physically since last year, and I have been practicing, so I don't have any good reason why I did so poorly except for I let it get to me.
     
  7. Memphis9489

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    Being a self-proclaimed great judge of character - I'd say you are going to be fine. :smile:

    Do it again! I'll bet you improve substantially. If you know it's all in your head - then get it out of there.

    Maybe you could use an inspirational drill instructor to chase after you. :smile:
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    I love that commercial! I could watch it a million times and it never gets old.
     
  8. Spanky58ggpt

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    Running is (especially for time) largely mental when you are otherwise physically fit. Talk to the cross country coach at your school and maybe he/she can give you some insight into the mental aspect of improving your time. My youngest took up cross country his sophomore year and watching him run with a stride that was developed doing conditioning laps around a wrestling mat was almost painful. On the other hand the perserverance and heart developed on that mat gave him the mental fortitude to drive through the mental barrier and achive low and sub 18 minute times for 3.1 mile course. They made him captain based on that display of heart. You will get there, just keep pushing yourself and get some help from a coach. Best of luck.:thumb:
     
  9. usnajosh

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    Thanks everyone for the advice. And Memphis, hopefully next time I won't be such a "jack wagon":yllol:
     
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    I know a treadmill is different in many ways than running on a track, but when I work out in the gym, I can run a mile in about 6 minutes while on the track my average score is 7:15.
     
  11. McCoy

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    It is probably because when you set the treadmills speed you have to keep up with it, which isnt the case when you run on the track. Like a mind over matter type thing? And just wondering was the BB Throw avg?
     
  12. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    In one of the admissions stickies above, I posted averages USNA provided to BGOs for all CFA events by gender; we were told we could share them with candidates. The numbers are now a couple of years old but I have no reason to believe averages have changed significantly.

    USNA really doesn't care about the Bball throw. Just saying . . . .
     

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