Physical Fitness Test

McKinney Police Physical Fitness Examination 

The physical fitness examination comes after you successfully complete the written examination. We highly encourage you to hydrate yourself properly before the test date and to bring water with you the day of the exam. You will have time to change into workout attire and stretch.

The physical fitness test requires you to complete all five events. The table below shows the points you earn based on a particular performance level in each event. Between the five events you must earn at least 15 total points to pass.

Points Per Performance Level

Points 300 Meter Run Push-ups 
(Not Timed)
Vertical Jump Sit-ups
1 minute timed
1.5 Mile Run
1 1:16 and over 14 and under 11" and under 22 and under 18:12 and over
2 1:11-1:15 15-19 Up to 13.5" 23-27 16:11-18:11
3 1:06-1:10 20-24 Up to 15" 28-32 14:10-16:10
4 1:01-1:05 25-29 Up to 16" 33-37 12:09-14:09
5 1:00 and under 30-35 Over 16" 38-41 12:08 and under

Event Descriptions

Event #1: 300-Meter Run

The 300-meter run measures anaerobic capacity. This is your ability to perform short, intense bursts of effort like foot pursuits. You must sprint 300 meters for this event.

Event #2: Maximum Push-up Test

Push-ups measure the endurance of your upper body muscles including your shoulders, chest and the back of your upper arms. This test measures your ability to use force involving a pushing motion. The test ends when you can no longer continue due to muscle fatigue.

You assume a push-up position with your feet together or up to twelve inches apart. Your hands are placed approximately shoulder-width apart with fingers facing forward. An instructor places a three inch push-up block beneath your sternum.

A proper push-up is when you lower your body, touch the block with your sternum, then return to your starting position with elbows in a soft lock. Resting position is up, and proper form is closely monitored.

pushup starting position
Starting position
Push-up down position
Down position
pushup back startingBack to the starting position, completing the push-up

Event #3: Vertical Jump

The vertical jump measures the difference between your standing reach and your jumping reach. This event relates to the explosive power that is needed in operational or pursuit tasks that require jumping and vaulting.

With the use of the Vertec Jump Apparatus, the instructor measures your standing reach, then you may choose from two stances to gain explosive power: feet parallel with one jump up, or feet apart and then gather and jump. You will jump three times reaching as high as possible. The instructor records the highest jump. If you achieve a jump measurement that gives you a score of 5, no other jumps are required.

Initial measure
Initial measure
Feet parallel
Feet parallel or one step
back to jump
Jump up
Jump up, reach measurement
tabs on Vertec

Event #4: One-Minute Sit-ups

Sit-ups measure your abdominal muscle endurance, which relates to your ability to perform tasks that involve force. Performance sit-ups are not crunches. 

  • You lie on your back with knees bent and hands cupped behind your ears.
  • Your elbows must touch the top of your thigh or knee.
  • An instructor or applicant holds your feet down during the test. 
  • Complete as many sit-ups as possible in one minute. 
  • Resting position is up, and proper form is closely monitored.
Starting Position
Starting position
Sit-up and resting
Up and resting position
Sit-up down position
Down position for one completed sit-up

Event #5: 1.5-mile Run

The 1.5-mile run measures your cardiovascular endurance. This relates to your ability to perform sustained activities such as a long foot pursuit followed by a physical confrontation.