By the FBI
Think you have what it takes to become an FBI special agent?
The new FBI Physical Fitness Test mobile app allows aspiring special agents and fitness enthusiasts alike to learn the benchmarks of the official FBI Physical Fitness Test for agents.
The app runs users through the same exercises that special agent candidates must pass and includes tips on form, including video instruction for some exercises.
The required exercises for the FBI Physical Fitness Test for agents are sit-ups, push-ups, a 300-meter sprint, and a 1.5-mile run.
Candidates for the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team are also required to complete pull-ups as part of the test.
(Learn what it’s like to train like a special agent with the FBI Physical Fitness Test App. The app provides a fun and interactive way to learn more about how the FBI’s Physical Fitness Test is administered and scored. You can try each component of the test, including sit-ups, push-ups, a 300-meter sprint, a 1.5-mile run, and pull-ups. Courtesy of the FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation and YouTube. Posted on Jul 23, 2018.)
Prospective agents must take the actual fitness test several times throughout their hiring process, and current special agents are also required to take the test regularly to ensure they remain in shape to handle the physical demands of their jobs.
“In an increasingly mobile technological environment, FBI apps help the public connect with us on the devices they use so frequently—their cell phones and tablets,” said Jonathan Cox, chief of the FBI Office of Public Affairs unit that oversaw the creation of the app in partnership with the FBI’s Training and Human Resources Divisions.
“Although physical fitness test instructions are available online, the app adds an interactive, mobile element to learning more about this important test,” Cox explained.
“This app will help our aspiring agents learn more about the physical fitness requirements of the job, and the mobile aspect means users can easily take our fitness test with them to the gym or wherever they exercise.”
Marc Savine, unit chief, FBI Training Division
The app has two modes:
- Practice mode allows the user to practice each workout in any order and as many times as desired.
- Practice scores are provided for each workout after completed.
- Testing mode walks the user through a mock FBI Physical Fitness Test to simulate the order in which exercises are completed and the break time between each exercise.
- Testing mode provides the user with an overall score.
A key feature of the app is video instruction, featuring actual FBI fitness trainers who work with new agents at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
While the app provides an overview of the physical fitness requirements for FBI agents, it cannot be used for official Physical Fitness Test scoring in the actual agent application process.
“This app will help our aspiring agents learn more about the physical fitness requirements of the job, and the mobile aspect means users can easily take our fitness test with them to the gym or wherever they exercise,” said FBI Training Division Unit Chief Marc Savine.
The FBI Physical Fitness Test app is free and available on the App Store and Google Play.