THE PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST
This test will measure physical performance through a series of exercises that will be administered on a pass/fail basis.
All physical ability training sessions are conducted at:
San Francisco Police Academy
350 Amber Drive
San Francisco, CA 94131
Click here for directions to the San Francisco Police Academy.
The physical ability test will consist of the following:
Work Sample: Run through an obstacle course involving ducking under bars, going over a 3-foot high barrier, stepping over a curb, pushing a 225 lbs. sled 5 feet, and dragging a 140 lbs. dummy 25 feet.
Trigger Pull: Pull a gun trigger in a confined area 12 times within 25 seconds (each hand).
Sit-ups: Perform sit-ups, as fast as possible, for 60 seconds.
Arm Lift: Complete a single maximal contraction using a recording device to determine maximum force generated by arm muscles (three trials).
Leg Endurance: Pedal a bicycle, as fast as possible, for two minutes.
All candidates are required to perform the work sample and trigger pull events. Candidates who do not receive enough points from the work sample event will perform the additional events.
How to Prepare for the Physical Ability Test:
The following is a suggested exercise model that will help you prepare for the physical ability test. It requires no special equipment and can be done at very low cost. It consists of a warm-up drill, exercises, and a cool-off drill. You should consider exercising every other day.
When candidates take the physical ability test, they must wear gym shoes or sneakers. As a practical consideration, they should wear gym clothes, although these are not strictly required. An investment in gym shoes and gym clothes is a good idea.