Last Updated on November 30, 2022

The Coast Guard Academy Physical Fitness Examination (PFE) is an test that assesses the physical fitness of candidates applying for admission. It is administered in three events with each event worth a maximum of 100 points for a total score of 300 points. Unlike the other four Service Academies, the PFE is unique to the Coast Guard Academy. The PFE consists of these three events:

  1. Push-ups in two minutes
  2. Sit-ups in two minutes
  3. 1.5 mile run

The PFE must be completed in the following sequence: Cadence Push-Ups, Sit-Ups, and then the 1.5 Mile Run.

Not only is this test required for entrance into the Coast Guard Academy, cadets must pass this test at the beginning of every semester at USCGA. The absolute minimum for graduation is 200 points.

How to Max the Coast Guard Academy PFE


  • Push-ups – 60
  • Sit-ups – 100
  • 1.5 mile run – 8:04


  • Push-ups – 48
  • Sit-ups – 100
  • 1.5 mile run – 9:59

Average PFE results from a recent class for cadets that were offered admission to the Coast Guard Academy


  • Push-ups – 38 (71 points)
  • Sit-ups – 79 (78 points)
  • 1.5 mile run – 10:31 (66 points)

This is a total of 215 points out of a possible 300 points


  • Push-ups – 27 (70 points)
  • Sit-ups – 75 (75 points)
  • 1.5 mile run – 12:29 (64 points)

This is a total of 209 points out of a possible 300 points

You should strive to max each event, but at a bare minimum shoot to meet these averages listed above.

Who can administer the test?

Candidates can ask a coach, physical education instructor, personal trainer, or active duty military member to administer the PFE.

It is important to note that before scheduling the test, candidates should practice each event and concentrate on improving any weaknesses. Good luck!