The Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) is designed to test the muscular strength, endurance, and cardiovascular respiratory fitness of soldiers in the Army.
The APFT is a three-event test consisting of push-ups, sit-ups and a two-mile run. Scoring ranges from 0 – 100 points in each event, with a minimum requirement of 60 points in each to pass the test.
All soldiers in Active Duty, Army National Guard and Army Reserves are required to take the APFT.
The Push Up: Push-ups measure the endurance of the chest, shoulder, and triceps muscles. You will have 2 minutes in which to do as many push-ups as you can. If they are done incorrectly, as deemed by the instructor, your push-up will not count. In order to do them efficiently, with no penalties, here are some key points to remember about push-ups during the Army Physical Fitness Test.
The Sit Up: This event measures the endurance of the abdominal and hip-flexor muscles. You will have 2 minutes to do as many sit-ups as you can. In order to reach your maximum point score for the sit-up portion of your test, you will need to know what to expect when it comes to sit-ups during the Army Physical Fitness Test.
The Two-Mile Run: This event tests your aerobic fitness and the endurance of the leg muscles. Your test is the ability to complete the 2-mile run in the shortest time possible. Remember, the quicker you finish, the higher your score. Read more on what to expect during the two-mile run during the Army Physical Fitness Test.
Scoring: The score ranges from 0 – 100 points, for each event. A minimum score of 60 is required to pass each event. The soldier’s overall score is the sum of all the points from the three events. Not sure how to keep score? Read up on the Army Physical Fitness Test scoring process.