Kosmin 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.
Objectives
The Kosmin Test, devised in the USSR, is used to predict an athlete's
800 metre or 1500 metre time.
Required Resources
To undertake this test you will require:
 400 metre track
 Stopwatch
 Assistant
How to conduct the test
This test requires the athlete to complete a series of one minute runs at maximum speed.
800m Test
 The athlete warms up for 10 minutes
 The assistant gives the command “GO” and starts the stopwatch
 The athlete runs as fast as possible for 1 minute
 The assistant marks the point where the athlete reached after 1 minute and records the total distance run
 The athlete has a 3 minute recovery
 The athlete starts from where they finished the last 1 minute run (cone marks the point)
 The assistant gives the command “GO” and starts the stopwatch
 The athlete runs as fast as possible for 1 minute
 The assistant marks the point where the athlete reached after 1 minute and records the total distance run
 The assistant uses this final total distance to assess the athlete’s performance
1500m Test
 The athlete warms up for 10 minutes
 The assistant gives the command “GO” and starts the stopwatch
 The athlete runs as fast as possible for 1 minute
 The assistant marks the point where the athlete reached after 1 minute and records the total distance run
 The athlete has a 3 minute recovery
 The athlete starts from where they finished the last 1 minute run (cone marks the point)
 The assistant gives the command “GO” and starts the stopwatch
 The athlete runs as fast as possible for 1 minute
 The assistant marks the point where the athlete reached after 1 minute and records the total distance run
 The athlete has a 2 minute recovery
 The athlete starts from where they finished the last 1 minute run (cone marks the point)
 The assistant gives the command “GO” and starts the stopwatch
 The athlete runs as fast as possible for 1 minute
 The assistant marks the point where the athlete reached after 1 minute and records the total distance run
 The athlete has a 1 minute recovery
 The athlete starts from where they finished the last 1 minute run (cone marks the point)
 The assistant gives the command “GO” and starts the stopwatch
 The athlete runs as fast as possible for 1 minute
 The assistant marks the point where the athlete reached after 1 minute and records the total distance run
 The assistant uses this final total distance to assess the athlete’s performance
Kosmin Tables
Due to their size, the Kosmin tables have not been included here.
However, the athlete's potential 800 metre or 1500 metre time can be predicted
by using the Total Distance covered in the following appropriate equation.
Gender 
Distance 
Equation 
Male 
800 metres 
Time=217.77778  (Total Distance x 0.119556) 
Female 
800 metres 
Time=1451.46  (198.54 x Log (Total
Distance)) 
Male 
1500 metres 
Time=500.52609  (Total Distance x 0.162174) 
Female 
1500 metres 
Time=(500.52609  (Total Distance x 0.162174)) +
10 
Analysis
Analysis of the test result is by comparing it with the athlete's previous results for this test. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement in the athlete's 800m and/or 1500m predicted times.
Target Group
This test is suitable for middle distance athletes but not for
individuals where the test would be contraindicated.
Reliability
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.
The equations can be used for male and female athletes but they do
tend to over predict for female athletes. The on line calculators here have
taken adjustments for female athletes into consideration.
Validity
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.
Advantages
 Minimal equipment required
 Simple to set up and conduct
 The test can be administered by the athlete
Disadvantages
 Specific facilities required
 Assistant required to administer the test
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Page Reference
The reference for this page is:
 MACKENZIE, B. (1997) Kosmin Test [WWW] Available from: http://www.brianmac.co.uk/kosmin.htm [Accessed
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