All about the Beep Test

The Beep Test is a maximum aerobic endurance fitness test, involving running between markers placed 20 meters apart, at increasing speeds, until exhaustion. The test was developed in the 1970s by the French Canadian Luc Léger and his colleagues, and is now one of the most commonly conducted aerobic fitness test around the world. It is often used as the preferred option to monitor progress in response to physical activity programs because of the low cost of equipment, and its ability to test large groups of participants simultaneously.

The Beep Test involves running between two markers 20 meters apart, following audio cues which dictate the running speed required. At regular intervals, the required running speed increases. The test continues until the participants are no longer able to keep up with the required pace. There are a few versions of the beep test, as well as modified tests and alternatives to the beep test.

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The beep test was developed primarily for children and team sport players, though is becoming a popular test for athletes of all ages, sports and levels. We have clear instructions for conducting the test. The timings for the test is not simple (see table), and to conduct the beep test you need an audio recording of the test (some buying advice here).

You can use our fitness rating tables to get a rating based on your result. The score can also be converted to a VO2max score, using this table or calculator. We have many more beep test resources, such as printable recording sheets.

Do you want to improve your score? Read our guide to preparing for the beep test and training tips.


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