Candidate Fitness Assessment Score – Premium Calculator

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Our premium CFA calculator estimates your score to simplify how you performed compared to others.

You’ll receive a:

  • raw score
  • percentile

We break down your percentile based on each Service Academy, so you know exactly where you stand compared to other candidates.

By adjusting your performance in each event, you can estimate the impact of minor improvements to create a fitness plan and know what to focus on.

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The CFA Calculator: How to Identify Your Candidate Fitness Assessment Weaknesses and Strategically Improve Your Score

If you’re preparing for your Service Academy Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA), then our CFA Calculator can help you identify which of the 6 events you need to focus on in order to improve your score.

This online tool uses your current performance to estimate personalized CFA performance predictions. You’ll get a raw score, and more importantly, a percentile score to see where you land compared to other candidates. If you’re looking to gain a competitive edge on the CFA, our calculator can help.

1. What is the CFA and why do you need to take it?

The CFA is an important part of the application process for 4 of the U.S. Service Academies. If you’re applying to USAFA, USNA, USMA, or USMMA, then this calculator is for you. This assessment itself is designed to evaluate your fitness and ability in a variety of areas, including strength, endurance, and speed.

The six events of the Candidate Fitness Assessment include:

  • basketball throw from a kneeling position
  • cadence pull-ups or flexed arm hang (female only)
  • shuttle run
  • modified sit-ups
  • push-ups
  • a one-mile run

In order to be accepted into a service academy, you’ll need to earn a passing score on the Candidate Fitness Assessment. Unfortunately, many don’t know what a passing score is. We’ve reverse-engineered scores to help you learn where your current score falls and if any of your events are considered individual event fails.

CFA shuttle run

Practice these events early and often in order to do your best on your official test. Most candidates test in the late summer or early fall of their senior year of high school.

Make sure you are following the official instructions for each exercise.

2. How can the CFA Calculator help you prepare for your Candidate Fitness Assessment?

The CFA Calculator is a helpful online tool that can be used to predict your CFA score and identify which of the 6 events you need to focus on in order to improve your score. This calculator allows you to input your current fitness level for the 6 events and track your progress over time as you work towards achieving higher scores.

Whether you’re just starting out with your CFA prep or have been practicing for a while, this tool can help you understand which areas to focus on for improvement. For example, if you are so-so at pull-ups and the run, you can see how minor improvements will maximize improvements to your score.

Some events offer a significant improvement in your score for only small improvements.

By using this tool, you can more effectively monitor and track your fitness progress, identify areas where you need to focus your efforts, and set goals for yourself.

This can help you ensure that you are physically and mentally prepared for the CFA, and ultimately help you succeed in your application to a Service Academy.

3. General CFA Tips

Minor improvements in some events can greatly improve your score with minimal effort on your part.

We recommend making sure that you are practicing push ups and sit ups every day prior to the test. Maxing these two areas of the test out can be easy if you put the time in for a few months leading up to the test.

Start building that core strength and upper body strength now.

The basketball throw is an awkward event that not many candidates are used to, as you are on your knees tossing with one hand. We recommend buying a basketball and testing out the basketball throw as often as possible.

Incorporate sprints into your running routine. Sprints will greatly improve your 1-mile run time and help improve agility needed for the shuttle run as well.

You’ll have two minutes of time to execute each event in the CFA, with three minutes of rest between events (except for the run, in which you have eight minutes of rest time before). This test is very fast-paced. Practice the CFA in advance as though you are taking the official test.

By the time you get to the run, you may notice that you are extremely winded. Focus on building up your endurance as part of your overall physical fitness so you can perform to the best of your ability in all six events.

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4. Service Academy Specific Considerations

A note on applying to multiple service academies – make sure you’re following the rules on who is allowed to administer the test. Every Service Academy accepts tests administered by P.E. teachers. You can submit one test to multiple SAs.

West Point CFA Considerations

West Point has some of the most restrictive and stringent CFA requirements. If you’re planning on applying to multiple Service Academies, we recommend utilizing the requirements for West Point (record the required events and make sure you have an approved test administrator).

Only certain people are allowed to administer the CFA for West Point. Those who are allowed to administer the USMA CFA include:

  • Physical Education Teachers
  • Military Academy Liaison Officers (MALOs) – could be your Field Force Officer or other, although we recognize this can be difficult as many assigned FFOs are not co-located near you.
  • Field Force Representatives
  • U.S. Military Officers or Non-commissioned Officers (all branches)
  • Professors of Military Science
  • J/ROTC Instructors
  • NOTE Coaches and relatives cannot administer the CFA

Keep in mind form matters. West Point requires video recordings of your push-ups and pull-ups/flexed arm hang, so make sure you perform reps correctly to have everything counted.

The score our calculator gives you is specifically designed for West Point. The score you’ll see is out of 800, as this is how West Point scores the CFA (10% of the total points towards admission). The percentile provided is based on a recently admitted West Point class. For a complete breakdown of the 8000 points awarded, read our guide on West Point’s Whole Candidate Score.

A “Passing” Score is above 550, as this is the average for recently admitted West Point cadets. It is also scoring greater than 60 in each individual event, as this is estimated to be passing per event.

Anything below is considered “at-risk”. Shooting for a minimum of 80 points and above per event is your best bet, but keep in mind that if you only hit 80 points per event you would only score a 480.

Find West Point CFA instructions here.

Naval Academy CFA Considerations

USNA actually tells you what your CFA score is out of 600. This score will be available on the candidate portal after you submit your scores.

When using the calculator if you’re applying to USNA, pay attention to the percentile score instead of the raw score. Strive for a percentile score of at least 50%. The higher the better.

Those who are allowed to administer the USNA CFA include:

  • Physical Education Teachers
  • A Coach
  • J/ROTC Instructors
  • U.S. Military Officers
  • A Candidate’s Blue and Gold Officer

Fine Naval Academy CFA instructions here.

Air Force Academy CFA Considerations

When using the calculator if you’re applying to USAFA, pay attention to the percentile score instead of the raw score. Strive for a percentile score of at least 50%. The higher the better.

Those who are allowed to administer the Air Force Academy CFA include:

  • Physical Education Teachers
  • Service Academy Liaison Officers (ALOs, etc)
  • J/ROTC Instructors
  • U.S. Military Officers if you’re a service member already

Find Air Force Academy CFA instructions here.

Merchant Marine Academy CFA Considerations

When using the calculator if you’re applying to USMMA, pay attention to the percentile score instead of the raw score. Strive for a percentile score of at least 50%. The higher the better.

Those who are allowed to administer the USMMA CFA include:

  • Physical Education Teachers
  • Military Academy Liaison Officers (MALOs)
  • U.S. Military Officers or Non-commissioned Officers (all branches)
  • Professors of Military Science
  • J/ROTC Instructors

Find Merchant Marine Academy CFA instructions here.

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