three word horror story: The beep test
OKAY SO AT MY SCHOOL ITS CALLED THE FUCKING PACER AND THAT JUST SOUNDS TERRIFYING ENOUGH BUT THE BEEP TEST SOUNDS LIKE A GODDAMN ELEMENTARY GAME BUT NO THIS IS HELL AND EVIL WRAPPED INSIDE A GYM OF SELF LOATHING AND SWEAT
what the fuck is the beep test
someone please educate the innocent
You run until you die
In middle school we just ran The Figure 8 (mile and a half) or a regular mile, and I HATED IT with a passion. But when I got to high school we started running The Pacer instead (aka The Beep Test), and I realized how good I’d actually had it when I was running a mile and a half. The Pacer is an un-survivable Hell and nobody can tell me otherwise— not even the super-serious kids who ran friggin’ 60 or 65 just to prove they could.
I still dont’ get it…?
Sorry, I should have specified. To explain a little further, The Pacer is (or at least, was at my school) an indoor running test which solves the problem of mile runs sometimes being cancelled due to weather. The teacher sets up cones at either end of the gym and starts playing this recording. Every few seconds, this recording beeps.
You are positioned at one set of cones. When you hear the beep, you run to the opposite set of cones. You have to touch your feet to the line if a line is present or align your feet with the cones if that’s how it’s set up, then get back to the first set of cones and line your feet up with those in time for the next beep.
Basically, you have to run across an entire gym and back within a few seconds. Each time you make it to the other end and back on the beep, it counts as one. Just one. If you miss the beep, you have to get your rhythm back until you’re on the beep again. Then the teacher will count it. I was expected to get 20 of these when I was in high school due to my IEP, but most kids were expected to get 35 for a D, 45 for a C, 55 for a B, or 60+ for an A. It sounds like it’s going to be easy at first, but the gym never feels so vast as when you have to cross it twice to count for one point— and repeat the feat 20 times.
At least, that’s how it worked in my high school. Maybe other people had different Pacers and Beep Tests at their schools? Sorry if my information is inaccurate or I’ve misunderstood anything.
I’mma jump on this bandwagon because it was a bit different for us. We had cones set up I think ten metres? fifteen? apart and you had to run from one side to the other between beeps. But they got faster and faster and then some and basically if you couldn’t do it you got told to drop out by the teacher and just had to sit on the grass and watch sporty people succeed where you couldn’t. Delightful.