About the study

Standardised fitness testing is embedded within physical education curriculums around the world. Some studies suggest the current practice of fitness testing in schools may be detrimental and discourage participation in activities that promote fitness. Perceptions of fitness testing is important to consider as it influences the individuals’ interest, self-efficacy, motivation and ultimately, performance in fitness tests. These psychological factors also play an important role in future physical activity behaviours.

Findings from previous research highlight the detrimental impact that negative physical activity and fitness testing experiences may have on future physical activity behaviours. The aim of this study is to examine the attitudes and experiences around fitness testing in Australian children through a survey.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to take part in the study, children must:

  • Live in Australia
  • Be aged between 10 to 17 years
  • Have previously done a fitness test before

Children who have any of the following will NOT be eligible to take part:

  • Has not previously done a fitness test before
  • A physical, neurological or intellectual disability (e.g. autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, low tone etc.) that prevent them from participating in fitness tests.


Participants will go into a draw to win 1 of 10 $50 gift cards. Some participants may get asked to answer the survey a second time in the same day to assess the consistency of the survey. Participants who complete the survey a second time will go into the draw an additional time.

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