In addition to the "Top 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Fitnessgram" below, we have organized FAQs into the following categories, accessible via the navigation buttons on the left-hand side of this page:
The Fitnessgram Reference Guide on The Cooper Institute's Web site is also a good source of answers to questions about Fitnessgram and Activitygram; if you don't find an answer to your question here, you may find it in the Reference Guide.
Our K-12 sales representatives regularly communicate with customers who are at all different phases of the purchase decision making process. Based on their collective experience, what follows below are the "Top 10" questions they are asked most frequently about Fitnessgram. Most of these questions are also addressed in other sections of this web site. This list is especially relevant for school and district personnel who are not tech specialists:
How do I know which version of Fitnessgram is best for my school district?
What are the system requirements?
How much does Fitnessgram cost?
What comes in the Fitnessgram Test Kit?
What training options are available for Fitnessgram?
Is there a limit to the number of users/computers?
Are there any recurring or "hidden" costs with the program?
How do I get a price quote?
How do I place my order?
Who can I contact to find out more?
1. Question: How do I know which version of Fitnessgram is best for my school district?
Answer: The Prices & Order Information section of this web site describes the different versions of Fitnessgram in general terms; a more detailed description of the different versions and system requirements for each is found in the Technical Support section. Some important questions you need to ask with regard to which version to use are (a) what are your objectives in doing fitness testing in your school or district? (b) Do you want to collect data and conduct analyses of the data? (c) Are you doing this for yourself, the school, or district-wide? These questions have a bearing on which version of the software is right for you, based on your objectives. Important tips: Make sure you share the system requirements information with your instructional technology personnel prior to making your purchase decision!
2. Question: What are the system requirements?
Answer: See answer to #1 directly above. System requirements for version 8 and version 9 are online. Our tech support staff will be happy to answer additional questions.
3. How much does Fitnessgram cost?
Answer: Fitnessgram is available in several different versions--we recommend that you work with your tech staff to determine the version appropriate for your school or district. Please see the Prices & Order Information section of this site for complete pricing details for each version of the software as well as various ancillary materials that may be purchased separately.
4. Question: What comes in the Fitnessgram Test Kit?
Answer: First, note that the Fitnessgram Test Kit may be purchased with or without the actual software. This is because individual schools do not need to purchase the software if they're within a state that is using a state level version of the software, or within a district that is using the District Server version of the software. The version of the kit that excludes the software is, of course, much lower priced. Important tip: This list of Test Kit contents covers everything else that is included in the Kit, regardless of whether the Kit is purchased with, or without, the Fitnessgram fitness assessment software.
- The Fitnessgram/Activitygram Test Administration Manual, which includes the PACER CD and a DVD that shows the test protocols,
- Healthy Fitness Zone® wall charts (one for girls and one for boys),
- Healthy Fitness Zone® clipboard,
- 8 station cards for test items,
- 3" and 4-1/2" curl-up strips,
- sample Fitnessgram pre-printed forms for students (in English and Spanish) and parents (also in English and Spanish) and sample student Activitygram form, and
- additional information on the Healthy Fitness Zone standards, tech support, and NFL Play 60.
5. Question: What training options are available for Fitnessgram?
Answer: The following training opportunities for Fitnessgram are available with each FG product purchase and do not require face-to-face training. For more detailed information, go to the Training section of this web site:
- A free online course is available that explains the process for administering the Fitnessgram test to students. A certificate worth four credit hours is provided at the end of the course exam.
- The Fitnessgram/Activitygram Test Administration Manual introduces teachers to the Fitnessgram philosophy and guides them through the test administration protocols. A bound-in DVD features video clips of all the Fitnessgram test items, including common errors and corrections, as well as training videos for the FG software. The book includes an audio CD that contains cadences needed for administering the PACER and curl-cup portions of the test.
- Software Training Videos available on the Training section of this web site walk you through the process of setting up class records, entering students' scores, updating school and class information, generating reports, and more. These training videos are also included on the DVD bound into the test manual, as well as on each software CD.
In addition, Fitnessgram training workshops are available through the National Association of Sport and Physical Education's network of certified Physical Best instructors.
6. Question: Is there a limit to the number of users/computers?
Answer: It depends on which version of the software you purchase:
- The Fitnessgram 9 District/School program requires two servers: One Web Server will be needed for approximately 20,000 concurrent users and one Server will be needed for approximately every 160,000 concurrent users. For details on server requirements, visit the Fitnessgram 9 System Requirements.
- The Fitnessgram 8 District Server version allows school districts of all sizes to compile data from multiple schools within the district through a centralized database.
- The Fitnessgram 8 Small Network version allows multiple computers within one school to share data through a common server.
- The Fitnessgram 8 Stand-alone version is installed on one computer in a school. Data can only be accessed from the computer where Fitnessgram is installed. This works best if only one person or one computer will be used for entering and accessing Fitnessgram data.
For more details, go to the Prices & Order Information or Technical Support sections of this web site.
7. Question: Are there any recurring or "hidden" costs with the program?
Fitnessgram 9 software users may choose to purchase Tier II technical support for a fee of $100 (U.S.) per school building site license for the first year of support; $50 per school building site license per year thereafter for support. Tier II technical support is optional, but recommended. (NOTE: Updates to the Fitnessgram 9 software are free as web downloads per Tier I --reasonable and customary--technical support. See Fitnessgram 9 Technical Support for details.
8. Question: How do I get a price quote?
Answer: Refer to the Prices & Order Information page of this site for basic price information. If you are interested in purchasing the software for multiple school buildings or need an official price quote, please contact your Human Kinetics K-12 sales representative. Important tip: Please consult with your HK sales rep and your technology coordinator before placing your order. We can work with you to ensure that your Fitnessgram purchase matches your information systems and meets your fitness assessment needs most efficiently.
9. Question: How do I place my order?
Answer: For complete informaiton on ordering Fitnessgram, go to the Prices & Order Information page. You can expect your shipment within 5 to 7 business days of our receiving your order.
10. Question: Who can I contact to find out more?
Answer: Your Human Kinetics K-12 sales representative can answer a lot of your questions and guide you through the decision making process. Go to the Contact a Sales Rep page of this web site for complete contact info.
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