Those that are entering a job that places high physical demands on their body want to know more about what beep test standards are. These tests usually affect athletes, police, fire, and military personnel and are not generally used in other professions. Here we review the basics of beep test standards and let you know what you can do to pass them.
Beep test standards are a set of vocational tests that assess physical abilities. Generally, a performance threshold will be set that determines who will qualify for a job or they could be a requirement for continued employment. This test is popular and easy to conduct. The test asks participants to run between two lines that are set 20 meters apart in pace with an auditory beep. The pace of the beeping begins slow and increases with time. If the participant cannot make it to the other line before they hear the second beep two consecutive times the test ends. The most popular version of this test asks participants to start at an initial speed of 8.5 km/hr. This speed increases by .5 km/hr each minute. Scores are determined by noting how many shuttles the participant was able to do before they missed two in a row. Scores above 13 are considered excellent and below 4 is considered poor, though these scores are scaled depending on your gender and other factors.
Each country has it’s own requirements for minimum acceptable performance on the beep test standard. In the United States, rugby players are required to have an excellent score of 13 on the beep test standards to play. However this is highly unusual for most job opportunities. Most police departments and military facilities ask that their officers can reach a score of 5 to 10 on the beep test standards. It is best to ask which threshold your facility prefers.