Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

PACER Look-Up and Goal Setting Table


Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER) Look-Up and Goal Setting Table

Beginning with 2015–16, the PACER, which is one of the three Aerobic Capacity test options available in the FITNESSGRAM1, is based on student gender, age, and laps only. This table provides the minimum number of 20-meter (20m) laps that males and females need to achieve the Healthy Fitness Zone (HFZ) for the PACER, which is still reported in terms of VO2max2. Although students can set goals based on the minimum number of PACER laps, teachers are encouraged to discuss the importance of aerobic capacity and to ensure that students understand how VO2max is influenced by gender and age.

Age Females
Minimum Number of 20m PACER Laps
Females
Aerobic Capacity HFZ VO2max
10
17
 ≥ 40.2
11
20
 ≥ 40.2
12
23
 ≥ 40.1
13
25
 ≥ 39.7
14
27
 ≥ 39.4
15
30
 ≥ 39.1
16
32
 ≥ 38.9
17
35
 ≥ 38.8
17+
38
 ≥ 38.6

Age Males
Minimum Number of 20m PACER Laps
Males
Aerobic Capacity HFZ VO2max
10
17
 ≥ 40.2
11
20
 ≥ 40.2
12
23
 ≥40.3
13
29
 ≥ 41.1
14
36
 ≥ 42.5
15
42
 ≥ 43.6
16
47
 ≥ 44.1
17
50
 ≥ 44.2
17+
54
 ≥ 44.3


Note: The information in this table should not be used to attempt to derive a formula for calculating VO2max from PACER laps. The VO2max values establish the HFZ for the gender and age and are not the exact VO2max values that would be obtained from the number of laps displayed.

1 The FITNESSGRAM and Healthy Fitness Zone (HFZ) are registered trademarks of The Cooper Institute.
2 VO2 max refers to the maximum oxygen consumption of an individual during exercise. The acronym is derived from V = volume per time; O2 = oxygen; and max = maximum.

Alternate format: PACER Table (PDF)

Questions:   High School and Physical Fitness Assessment Office | pft@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-9449
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Recently Posted in Testing
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 194 (added 23-Feb-2017)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, February 23, 2017.
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 193 (added 16-Feb-2017)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, February 15, 2017.
  • 2016-17 Notice of CAASPP Administration Letter (updated 15-Feb-2017)
    Sample letters for local education agency may use to notify parent or guardian of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress administration.
  • California Science Test (updated 10-Feb-2017)
    Latest information about the 2014-15 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) science assessments.
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 192 (added 09-Feb-2017)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, February 8, 2017.

  • Matrix One: CAASPP (PDF) (added 03-Feb-2017)
    Matrix of Test Variations, Accommodations, and Modifications for Administration of California Statewide Assessments, 2017.
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 191 (added 02-Feb-2017)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, February 1, 2017.
  • Golden State Seal Merit Diploma Letter (updated 31-Jan-2017)
    Procedures for awarding the Golden State Seal Merit Diploma to eligible graduating seniors in 2017 and beyond.
  • Golden State Seal Merit Diploma Promotional Flyer (added 30-Jan-2017)
    Provides information on the Golden State Seal Merit Diploma (GSSMD).
  • Grade 7—The Number System (added 30-Jan-2017)
    The Digital Library Instructional Learning Series links Smarter Balanced Digital Library resources with content from Interim Assessment Blocks.