How do my CFA scores stack up?

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by Rdelahunr, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. Rdelahunr

    Rdelahunr Member

    Jun 28, 2013
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    I haven't taken my CFA yet but will within the next month or so. How do my scores look? I read about a lot of guys who never made the standard but got an appointment. Anyways, here they are:

    BB throw: 65-70 feet - standard is 69, only practiced once so I should improve to a consistent 70 or so

    Shuttle run: 8.3-8.5 - standard is 8.8

    Mile run: 6:40ish - standard is 6:40, should continue to drop to 6:20 or 6:30

    Sit-ups: 60ish - standard is 80, this is my weak area, I can expect to get to at least 70, but 80 is a stretch - any tips?

    Push ups: 55ish - standard is 60, should get to 65 easy enough

    Pull ups: 18 - standard is 11, max is 18, why is this my best? I thought this was the toughest event for most people haha

    These are individual trials, not one after another like the CFA, so I don't know how much my scores will get hurt. How much will they be affected (specifically the mile)? Does one score slightly under standard (sit-ups) hurt me when one is at the max (pull-ups)? I heard people who are too heavy for their height are allowed in if they can do x amount of pull-ups, so does the mean that pull-ups are really important to them?

    Thanks for the help!
  2. LFry94

    LFry94 USAFA C1C '17 5-Year Member

    Sep 29, 2011
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    In my experience, my mile time dropped about 45 seconds after doing all the previous exercises. It's different for everyone though. Honestly, all scores could be improved.

    They're average and I don't see any of them disqualifying you, but you should strive for the maximum scores in every section. Don't settle for your current scores just because they are acceptable. You never know, fifteen more situps might be the difference between whether or not you get an appointment if you get matched up with someone that has a similar application.
  3. Dad

    Dad 5-Year Member

    Apr 25, 2010
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    LFry is right on (as usual). One thing I would note is that you list distances, counts, and times as 'standards' when in reality they are are averages. Strive to achieve the MAX counts and distances and the MIN times. Do NOT be satisfied with 'average'. Do your best and the rest will take care of itself. Best wishes. :thumb:
  4. MedB

    MedB Parent

    Dec 26, 2012
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    Couple things to remember about CFA...

    1) Your scores WILL be different when you do the events back to back to back as prescribed in the test. No matter how good a shape you're in, the loading effect has an impact.

    2) Pullups especially are an event where form matters. Doing them true dead-hang style with no kipping (kicking up) makes a huge difference.

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