Physical Fitness Exam

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  1. Lynpar

    Lynpar Member

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    Does anyone know the percentages of cadets who are at or over the max-out score? How many at the "A" "B" "C" etc. Performance level? My son took for first time today and was unhappy with his score. He feels he needs to max this out. I have told him the average I have read on line, 213, but he feels his score which was very good was "not good enough". He is working to complete all requirements for early admission. He is going to take another run (intended pun) at it next week. I just wish he had cared this much about
    everything a few years earlier ! He has had a "cadet for a day" visit and I beleive he came back with this , must max out notion. Any thoughts?
     
  2. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I never maxed out. I don't think I came very close either (stinking long jump!).

    Tell him not to worry about it. There are thousands of officers out there who did not "max" it. Do the best he can and continue to work out, especially in the heat, but do not feel like you MUST max to be in good shape.
     
  3. MDtrack

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    Im a sponsored CG prep at NMMI and the higher scores here are around 240-250. Keep in mind that its 3000 feet altitude, but if your son is in that range he should be fine.
     
  4. Lynpar

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    Yes he is, 250. He is a Swimmer so running isn't really his thing. But I think not maxing out the push ups really is a thorn in his side. I was just wondering what if any percentiles were available for comparison. I think he probably thinks this is one of the few things he can max out since 2400 on the SAT tomorrow isn't going go happen, lol We will see when he does it again next week.
     
  5. BR2011

    BR2011 USAFA Cadet

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    250 is way above average. Very few people max push ups (cadence push ups area lot harder than normal push ups) and I think I can count the number of cadets who can max the mile and half (8 minutes) on one hand.

    Usually no more than 5 percent of cadets get a blue star score of 270 each semester.
     
  6. Long Island Sound

    Long Island Sound 2015 Candidate Parent

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    Hi Lynpar,

    My son is a lacrosse player and running anything longer than a 50 yard sprint isn't his strong suit, either. He scored a 252 earlier this week (60 pushups, 95 sit ups, 10:30 run). Although he didn't "max out", he decided to submit his first and only PFE score, along with all other paperwork, in time for early acceptance.

    I read this excerpt from the current USCGA PFE Instruction Manual that might help your son feel a little better about his current score (although he probably already knows this):

    "New cadets take the PFE during the first week of Swab Summer. Cadets who score less than 130 points on this first test are normally disenrolled. By the end of Swab Summer, usually the third week in August, new cadets are expected to score at least
    165 points. Cadets unable to achieve this score by the end of the first academic semester, usually the second week in December, are normally disenrolled. Consequently, an applicant who cannot attain a score of at least 130 points will not receive a full appointment. This standard may be raised based on the competitiveness of the applicant pool and the needs of the Coast Guard.."


    Sometimes our kids are so driven to succeed in everything that they view any score or grade that is less than perfect as a failure (my son included). I wish you and your son the best - my son will be in New London in a couple of weeks for his "Cadet for a Day" experience.
     
  7. JennaG

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    I'm a swimmer as well so I understand how your son feels! I scored a 253 and felt that was a really bad score until I talked to a lot of other cadets at the Academy when I visited. I'm a girl, but I don't think that really makes a difference since the scores are changed based on gender. A score in that range is pretty solid and they seemed impressed when I told them, so tell your son not to worry and hopefully I'll see him next year on the swim team!
     
  8. capolo13

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    What's going on fellow swimmers!

    You'll hopefully be seeing me around too, I'm a CGA sponsered prep at NMMI with MDtrack. He was actually my roomate at CGAS and now we have all the same classes, and we met on this site! funny how that happens... anyways... PFE scores are just hurdles to be overcome. A slight change here or there really won't affect you much. I'm sure if you are pushing 270 in your application, that says alot about you, but anything over 200 is quite well done!

    Just train with pushups, situps, and running every day, and youll see improvements!
     
  9. NuclearPenguins

    NuclearPenguins New Member

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    A bit late, but I got 36 pushups (pissed about this one), 90 situps (really glad I got this), and an 8:36 1.5 mile run. So 246 points, I'm pretty glad overall I guess!
     

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