The Beep Test Tape Version

The beep test was once available on an audio tape as well as cd format (see purchasing). One problem with the tape is that it can stretch over time, or the tape player may not play at the correct speed, therefore making the timing between beeps inaccurate. If you are still using a audio tape version of this test, you should think about Purchasing the cd. If you have the tape you need to regularly check the calibration.

On most versions of the tape there is a 60 second recorded interval for calibrating the cassette tape and player speed. Use a stopwatch accurate to 1/10 second to check the duration of the recorded time period. Ideally it should be 60 seconds. If it is higher or lower, use the table below to modify the running distance. If there is greater than 5 seconds error on the measurement, you should discard your copy of the test.

Time (seconds) Distance to Run (meters)
55.0 18.33
55.5 18.50
56.0 18.67
56.5 18.83
57.0 19.00
57.5 19.17
58.0 19.33
58.5 19.50
59.0 19.67
59.5 19.83
60.0 20.00
60.5 20.17
61.0 20.33
61.5 20.50
62.0 20.69
62.5 20.83
63.0 21.0
63.5 21.17
64.0 21.33
64.5 21.50
65.0 21.67



Related Pages


Beep Test Guide

Testing Extra

We have nearly 400 fitness tests listed, so it's not easy to choose the best one to use. You should consider the validity, reliability, costs and ease of use of each test. Use our guide to conducting, recording, and interpreting fitness tests. Any questions, please ask or search for your answer. To keep up with the latest in sport science and this website, subscribe to our newsletter. We are also on facebook and twitter.

How to Cite