The three elements of this test are:
Endurance (aka bleep/beep/shuttle test) to level 5.4
During this element you have to run to and fro along a 15 metre track in time to a series of bleeps which progressively become faster. You have to run as long as possible before you can no longer keep up with the bleeps. You must reach at least level 5.4 in order to pass the fitness test. The total running time is about 3 minutes, 40 seconds.
Dynamic Strength - Push 34kg, Pull 35kg
This part of the test is measured on a machine which (in my experience at least!) looks like a large rowing machine with a seat at each end. In the first part of the test, you are pushing against the machine, in the second part, you are pulling against it. You do 3 'warm ups' then 5 maximum force pushes/pulls. You must reach at least 34 kg push strength, and 35 kg pull strength.
Grip Strength of 32kg (may be force specific, and may not happen in the force that you're applying for)
This final part of the test measures the grip strength in your hand using a device called a dynamometer. You grip it in your preferred hand get two attempts to record the maximum grip you can. The pass mark is 32 kg.
Performance on each of these provides a good indicator of your capability of performing various police tasks. The test elements are run consecutively and minimum standards need to be achieved on each.
If you fail to reach the minimum standard in one component of the test, you fail the whole test. If you don't pass the test at your first attempt you can re-take it. However, if you fail the test after three attempts your application will be halted and you will have to wait for at least six months before re-applying.
Although the test is not particularly hard, it does require a certain level of fitness and if you are unfit, out of condition, or overweight, then you may fail this test. Start your preparation as soon as possible - have a look at our suggested training programme, or if you prefer visit your gym or sports centre, explain what you need to do to pass, and get them to help you.
Edited by Lord Vader, 22 March 2012 - 05:32 PM.