The problem here is that we have no data. Sure, I can look at Army and Marine tables for doing tests like these, and see what kinds of scores I might give. I know what a good mile-run time is.
But context is everything. This test - similar to but not the same as the one Rich went through - is designed to keep you burning from beginning to end. There is no letup. By the time you start the run, you're going to be hurting unless you're in good shape. If you ARE in good shape, your lungs and heart will be able to keep up, you'll endure the lactic acid burn, and you'll be able to shift the load from one muscle group to the next.
The way I see it, the first time doing it means you are in a special group. If you finish the test, you get credit. But remember - finishing means you have to do all the parts (including at least one pull-up) and do the run.
Part of my job will be taking data. What I would like to do at camp is to take the results from everyone running through the test - in context - and then pick "winners" in each category. I see separate male and female categories. I also see a possibility for camp of breaking things up into age categories if necessary. But as long as you do the test, your raw result is your raw result is your raw result.
If ever I get enough data on this test, I will be able to figure out special levels of achievement.
Meanwhile... This is how I will score it at camp.
* The raw results will be number of pushups, number of pull-ups, number of sit-ups, length of best broad jump (in any unit system), number of squats, and time of one-mile run.
* The one-mile run time will be converted to seconds, and multiplied by minus one. Thus a higher number (less negative) is a better number.
* All results FOR A GROUP will be converted to Z-scores. To get the Z-score of a group of numbers, you subtract all numbers by the mean of the group, and divide by the standard deviation of the group. This gives you a group of numbers with a mean of zero and a standard deviation of one. Zero means you were average for the group in that category. A one means you were a standard deviation unit better than the mean.
* The final score for "the day" will be the average of all your Z-score results.
* The best score for the day will be the best average Z-score for all the six categories. This means that if you want to "win" in your group for the day (and get recognition), you ideally need to do better than average in all categories. Really hose up one category (vs. the group) and your "top tier" status is in jeopardy.
Over time I can get more and more people taking this test if it works out well. This way I will save all results. I can retroactively find someone to be in an "elite" category once I've got enough people going through the test.
And I have no problem with people trying this every year. We R&D people are greedy; more data are ALWAYS better.
- Bill