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Modified Versions of the Beep Test

The beep test is a 20-meter multi-stage shuttle run test, first described in 1982 (Léger & Lambert, 1982). The standard test has changed very little since then, with some variation of the speed at the starting level (see beep test variations), however, there are many examples of the test being modified to suit different populations groups and different exercise modalities.

Modified Beep Test Distance

Although the timing of the test may be similar, there are versions of the test which use 15 meters between lines (15m Bleep test, 15m PACER test as used by FitnessGram and Brockport) or 40 meters (Birtwell Test) compared to the usual 20 meters, and in the USA the imperial measurement equivalent 22 yards (20.117 meters) is sometimes used. There is a conversion chart to convert scores on the 15m PACER to a 20m score to enter in the FitnessGram software.

Modified Shuttles

Modified Exercise Mode

Group Specific Beep Tests

The principles of the running beep test have been used to develop versions of the test for determining the aerobic fitness of athletes in other sports, specific populations and for other modalities.

Beep Type Intermittent Tests

Other Modified Versions

John Miller has developed a variation of this type of test, combining the beep test with a set time distance run. The test is compact, being conducted in a 20m area, and can be completed in just 5 minutes. See more on the Miller 20m Run.

Make Your Own

You can create your own variation of the beep test using the team beeptest software. Shuttle distance, running speed, and shuttles per level can all be adjusted to modify the test in any way you wish.

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