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1500 metre Predictor Test

Testing and measurement are the means of collecting information upon which subsequent performance evaluations and decisions are made but, in the analysis, we need to bear in mind the factors that may influence the results.


The 1500 metre Predictor Test is used to predict an athlete's 1500 metre time.

Required Resources

To undertake this test, you will require:

  • 400 metres track
  • Stopwatch
  • Assistant

How to conduct the test

The athlete is required to run 2 sets of

  • 400 metres
  • 45 seconds recovery
  • 800 metres
  • 90 seconds recovery
  • 300 metres
  • 3 minutes recovery

The time for each run is recorded and the accumulated time for each set is recorded. The average time of these two accumulated times is the predicted 1500 metres time for the athlete.


  • Set 1
    • 400 metres in 63 seconds
    • 800 metres in 129 seconds
    • 300 metres in 48 seconds
  • Accumulated time for set 1 is 240 seconds (4 minutes)
  • Set 2
    • 400 metres in 67 seconds
    • 800 metres in 164 seconds
    • 300 metres in 52 seconds
  • Accumulated time for set 2 is 283 seconds (4 minutes 43 seconds)

The average time of the two accumulated times is (240 + 283) ÷ 2 = 261.5 seconds

Predicted time for the 1500 metres is 4 minutes 21.5 seconds


I have been unable to locate any normative data for this test.


Analysis of the result is by comparing it with the results of previous tests. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement.

Target Group

This test is suitable for middle distance athletes but not for individuals where the test would be contraindicated.


Test reliability refers to the degree to which a test is consistent and stable in measuring what it is intended to measure. Reliability will depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual's level of motivation to perform the test. The following link provides a variety of factors that may influence the results and therefore the test reliability.


Test validity refers to the degree to which the test actually measures what it claims to measure and the extent to which inferences, conclusions, and decisions made on the basis of test scores are appropriate and meaningful. This test provides a means to monitor the effect of training on the athlete's physical development.


  • Minimal equipment required
  • Simple to set up and conduct
  • The test can be administered by the athlete


  • Specific facilities required - 400m track
  • Assistant required to administer the test

Page Reference

If you quote information from this page in your work, then the reference for this page is:

  • MACKENZIE, B. (2001) 1500 metre Predictor Test [WWW] Available from: [Accessed

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