The Cooper test is a test of physical fitness. It was designed by Kenneth H. Cooper in 1968 for US military use. In the original form, the point of the test is to run as far as possible within 12 minutes. The test is meant to measures the condition of the person taking it and therefore it is supposed to be run at a steady pace instead of sprints.
The results of the test give a rough estimate of a persons condition. The possible outcomes are Very Good, Good, Average, Bad and Very Bad. The outcome is based on how much the tested person ran, their age and their gender. (The results can also be correlated with VO2max  see end).
It is, in general, a very easy and cheap test to run, especially for larger groups. On the other hand, the results are based on the motivation of the person taking it and practice is required.
Several tables exist, the following three are for 1320 (the first), for 2050 (the second) and for experienced
seniors (the third):
Cooper Test (1320)


Very Good 
Good 
Average 
Bad 
Very Bad 
1314 
M 
2700+ m 
2400  2700 m 
2200  2399 m 
2100  2199 m 
2100 m 
F 
2000+ m 
1900  2000 m 
1600  1899 m 
1500  1599 m 
1500 m 
1516 
M 
2800+ m 
2500  2800 m 
2300  2499 m 
2200  2299 m 
2200 m 
F 
2100+ m 
2000  2100 m 
1900  1999 m 
1600  1699 m 
1600 m 
1720 
M 
3000+ m 
2700  3000 m 
2500  2699 m 
2300  2499 m 
2300 m 
F 
2300+ m 
2100  2300 m 
1800  2099 m 
1700  1799 m 
1700 m 
Cooper Test (2050+)


Very Good 
Good 
Average 
Bad 
Very Bad 
2029 
M 
2800+ m 
2400  2800 m 
2200  2399 m 
1600  2199 m 
1600 m 
F 
2700+ m 
2200  2700 m 
1800  2199 m 
1500  1799 m 
1500 m 
3039 
M 
2700+ m 
2300  2700 m 
1900  2299 m 
1500  1899 m 
1500 m 
F 
2500+ m 
2000  2500 m 
1700  1999 m 
1400  1699 m 
1400 m 
4049 
M 
2500+ m 
2100  2500 m 
1700  2099 m 
1400  1699 m 
1400 m 
F 
2300+ m 
1900  2300 m 
1500  1899 m 
1200  1499 m 
1200 m 
50+ 
M 
2400+ m 
2000  2400 m 
1600  1999 m 
1300  1599 m 
1300 m 
F 
2200+ m 
1700  2200 m 
1400  1699 m 
1100  1399 m 
1100 m 
Cooper Test (Experienced Seniors)

Very Good 
Good 
Average 
Bad 
Very Bad 
Male 
3700+ m 
3400  3700 m 
3100  2399 m 
2800  3099 m 
2800 m 
Female 
3000+ m 
2700  3000 m 
2400  2999 m 
2100  2399 m 
2100 m 
The test results can be correlated quite well with VO2max data. An approximate correlation is:
VO2max = (distance in meters  505)/45.
