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How do you grade the Navy SEAL Physical Screening Test?
Taking the Navy SEAL, EOD, SWCC, Rescue Swimmer test is your physical
entrance exam into these professions. The Navy PST consists of the
Grading this test fairly requires a creative way to assess students strengths
and weaknesses and to have method that gives you an objective score in order to
rank students. When there are more recruits than room at BUD/S or other
Spec Ops schools, you will be ranked the following method:
1.5 mile run = if you score a 9 min 1.5 mile run you get 540 points.
Add the run and the swim together to get = 1020 total points
Now subtract your PT scores from your 1020 base cardio score:
Max Situps in 2 minutes = if you score 100 situps in 2 minutes you subtract 100 points (920 - 100 = 820)
Max Pullups = if you score 20 pullups you get 20 points x 6 = 120 points subtract from (820 - 120 = 700)
As you can see these scores are pretty advanced and having a 700 score on the PST is a competitive score prior to any of these school. Most draft programs into these schools set the bar at 800-900 points. The lower the score the better.
Another option if you are really needing to cut hairs
with selection programs is to add in body weight as a PT exercise
added in bodyweight will give extra points to a 200lb person who can get 20
pullups compared to a 150 lb person who can get 20 pullups. It makes the
playing field even on effort / exertion. These tests tend to favor the
smaller candidate who can typically run faster and do more bodyweight
calisthenics, but it does not penalize you for weighing less. The goal at
selection is to have a fair playing field for each candidate.
700 - 150lb (points) = 550 total points for a 150 lb student taking this test
Then setting up scoring criteria is easy, but completely subjective by the graders to want you create for your test. The thing this test will do is rank them numerically for the assessment team.
less than 500 - Outstanding
501-550 - Above Average
551-800 - Average - passing
801-900 - Below average - minimum standard
greater than 901 - failing
This test is just an example to demonstrate an idea for scoring criteria. Obstacle courses, shooting skills, and other job related events could and should be tested and graded on a different scale.
Adding in bodyweight and subtracting from cardio scores insures that testing can be scored fairly when competing for a slot in a Spec Ops unit. Say a 200 lbs guy get 10 pullups and a 150 lb guy gets 10 pullups – the 200 lbs guy gets 260 points - the 150 guy gets 210. Remember, multiply pull-ups by SIX (x6) for the fitness test to give it as much weight as 1-2 minutes of pushups and situps. This gives the pullup test an actual exertion assessment pound for pound.
We used to do this type of scoring trying to figure out who went to SEAL Training from the Naval Academy and found it helpful when selecting only 15 candidates for training out of 50 excellent candidates. Of course, the interview, resume, grades, and other factors were considered, but having a numerical value next to their physical tests gave us a ranking system to use to assess physical potential to make it through the training.
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