Beep Test Norms and Ratings

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Conducting the beep test is only the first step for assessing the aerobic fitness of your athlete. Analyzing and interpreting the results of the test are more important to understand what the results mean and to modify training appropriately based on the results. The tables of normative values below enable you to rate your beep test result. The scores are listed as the number of levels / number of shuttles completed, and grouped by different age groups.

There are two sets of norms. The first were created by Topend Sports is for those 12 years and older, based on data from the VO2max norms, the results of athletes and personal experience. Use these only as a general guide. The second set of data is based on a study of over 1 million youth aged from 9-17 years. You can also get a fitness rating using the Beep Test Calculator.

You may wish to adapt these tables for your specific sport requirements. For sports where aerobic fitness is a minor component of fitness, a low score may still be rated as average or acceptable. For sports in which aerobic fitness is a key component of fitness, the expectation of your athletes will be higher and what may be rated a good in the table below may only be an average score for athletes of your sport.

Topend Sports Beep Test Norms

These tables of beep test ratings for ages 12+ were created by Topend Sports, based on data from the VO2max norms, the results of athletes and personal experience. The results are presented as the level number followed by the number of shuttles (see the beep tables). Use these norms as a general guide to performance in the beep test.

Males 12+

very poor poor fair average good very good excellent
12-13 yrs < 3/3 3/3-5/1 5/2-6/4 6/5-7/5 7/6-8/8 8/9-10/9 > 10/9
14-15 yrs < 4/7 4/7-6/1 6/2-7/4 7/5-8/9 8/10-9/8 9/9-12/2 > 12/2
16-17 yrs < 5/1 5/1-6/8 6/9-8/2 8/3-9/9 9/10-11/3 11/4-13/7 > 13/7
18-25 yrs < 5/2 5/2-7/1 7/2-8/5 8/6-10/1 10/2-11/5 11/6-13/10 > 13/10
26-35 yrs < 5/2 5/2-6/5 6/6-7/9 7/10-8/9 8/10-10/6 10/7-12/9 > 12/9
36-45 yrs < 3/8 3/8-5/3 5/4-6/4 6/5-7/7 7/8-8/9 8/10-11/3 > 11/3
46-55 yrs < 3/6 3/6-4/6 4/7-5/5 5/6-6/6 6/7-7/7 7/8-9/5 > 9/5
56-65 yrs < 2/7 2/7-3/6 3/7-4/8 4/9-5/6 5/7-6/8 6/9-8/4 > 8/4
> 65 yrs < 2/2 2/2-2/5 2/6-3/7 3/8-4/8 4/9-6/1 6/2-7/2 > 7/2

Females 12+

very poor poor fair average good very good excellent
12-13 yrs < 2/6 2/6-3/5 3/6- 5/1 5/2-6/1 6/2-7/4 7/5-9/3 > 9/3
14-15 yrs < 3/3 3/3-5/2 5/3-6/4 6/5-7/5 7/6-8/7 8/8-10/7 > 10/7
16-17 yrs < 4/2 4/2-5/6 5/7-7/1 7/2-8/4 8/5-9/7 9/8-11/10 > 11/10
18-25 yrs < 4/5 4/5-5/7 5/8-7/2 7/3-8/6 8/7-10/1 10/2-12/7 > 12/7
26-35 yrs < 3/8 3/8-5/2 5/3-6/5 6/6-7/7 7/8-9/4 9/5-11/5 > 11/5
36-45 yrs < 2/7 2/7- 3/7 3/8- 5/3 5/4-6/2 6/3-7/4 7/5-9/5 > 9/5
46-55 yrs < 2/5 2/5-3/5 3/6-4/4 4/5-5/3 5/4-6/2 6/3-8/1 > 8/1
56-65 yrs < 2/2 2/2-2/6 2/7-3/5 3/6-4/4 4/5-5/6 5/7-7/2 > 7/2
> 65 yrs < 1/5 1/5-2/1 2/2-2/6 2/7-3/4 3/5-4/3 4/4-5/7 > 5/7

Norms for youth aged 9 to 17 years

The following norm tables were adapted from data published in LeBlanc et al. (2016), a world-wide study of over 1 million children and youth over a period of 35 years. These tables provide a greater range of scores for children compared to the tables above, though for the corresponding age groups it is generally easier to rate higher. This highlights the differences between the sample groups. I would use the tables above for an active group (such as junior sports teams), and the tables below for testing groups of all abilities such as school groups.

Boys

Age very poor poor fair average good very good excellent
9 < 2/2 2/2-3/4 3/5-4/4 4/5-5/4 5/5-6/4 6/5-7/7 > 7/7
10 < 2/2 2/2-3/5 3/6-4/5 4/6-5/5 5/6-6/6 6/7-8/1 > 8/1
11 < 2/2 2/2-3/6 3/7-4/7 4/8-5/8 5/9-6/10 7/1-8/6 > 8/6
12 < 2/2 2/2-3/8 4/1-5/1 5/2-6/4 6/5-7/6 7/7-9/3 > 9/3
13 < 2/4 2/4-4/2 4/3-5/6 5/7-6/9 6/10-8/3 8/4-10/1 > 10/1
14 < 2/6 2/6-4/5 4/6-6/1 6/2-7/4 7/5-8/9 8/10-10/9 > 10/9
15 < 2/7 2/7-4/7 4/8-6/3 6/4-7/7 7/8-9/2 9/3-11/3 > 11/3
16 < 2/8 2/8-4/9 5/1-6/6 6/7-7/10 8/1-9/6 9/7-11/8 > 11/8
17 < 3/1 3/1-5/2 5/3-6/8 6/9-8/3 8/4-9/9 9/10-12/1 > 12/1

Girls

Age very poor poor fair average good very good excellent
9 < 2/2 2/2-3/1 3/2-3/8 4/1-4/6 4/7-5/4 5/5- 6/6 > 6/6
10 < 1/7 1/7-3/1 3/2- 3/8 4/1-4/7 4/8-5/6 5/7- 6/8 > 6/8
11 < 1/6 1/6-2/8 3/1- 3/8 4/1-4/8 4/9-5/8 5/9-7/1 > 7/1
12 < 1/5 1/5-2/8 3/1-4/1 4/2-4/9 5/1-5/9 6/1-7/3 > 7/3
13 < 1/5 1/5-3/1 3/2-4/1 4/2-5/1 5/2-6/1 6/2- 7/5 > 7/5
14 < 1/5 1/5-3/1 3/2-4/1 4/2-5/1 5/2-6/2 6/3- 7/6 > 7/6
15 < 1/5 1/5-3/12 3/2-4/2 4/3-5/2 5/3-6/3 6/4-7/7 > 7/7
16 < 1/5 1/5-3/1 3/2- 4/2 4/3-5/2 5/3-6/3 6/4-7/8 > 7/8
17 < 1/5 1/5-3/1 3/2-4/2 4/3-5/3 5/4-6/4 6/5- 7/9 > 7/9

source: Allana G LeBlanc, Kevin Belanger, Francisco B Ortega and Luc L├ęger Grant R Tomkinson, Justin J Lang, Mark S Tremblay, Michael Dale, International normative 20 m shuttle run values from 1,142,026 children and youth representing 50 countries. Br J Sports Med published online May 20, 2016.

The original data in the research paper was presented as percentiles. These were converted to a more easily understood rating value. The conversion used was <P5=very poor, P5-P20=poor, P20-P40=fair, P40-P60=average, P60-P80=good, P80-P95=very good, >P95=excellent.

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