Beep Test Versions

The beep test used today is essentially the same as the 20m test that was first introduced in 1982 (Léger & Lambert, 1982) (see history of the beep test). There are several common variations of the beep fitness test that you should know about. Depending on the source of the test, the test timings may vary a little or the number of shuttles may be different. These differences are relatively minor may only have a small effect on the expected results.

The protocol presented in the original study by Léger and Lambert (1982) starts at a speed of 8.5 km/hr and increases by 0.5 km/hr for each one minute stage. For some reason, many of the subsequent versions made started at 8.0 km/hr, jumped up to 9.0 km/hr then 0.5 km/hr for each stage thereafter (this is the version we use on this site - see data table). As this only affected the speeds of the early stages, and that starting speeds are quite slow, there is effectively no difference in results between these protocols.

There have also been modifications of the beep test, such as changing the distance run or the mode of movement (swimming, wheelchair) to make the test more specific to particular populations.

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