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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is an agency of the United States Department of Justice that serves as both a federal criminal investigative body and an internal intelligence agency. The FBI has investigative jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crime.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, the FBI has over 55 field offices located throughout the USA as well as smaller units throughout the world.

Perhaps you are working for the FBI or interested in working for the FBI. Here is a forum to share your experience with the FBI.

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#1081 Posted : Thursday, October 8, 2020 10:07:00 AM(UTC)
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How did you guys prepare for the PFT ? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


Start today
Follow a program
Work hard
Work harder
Do practice tests to the standards being judged and timed by someone else


Best advice above. If you are in good shape just working hard might suffice. If you're not, the FBI PFT can kick your butt. Maximize on the situps and pushups (I used Stew Smith's two week program to get the numbers up). Run almost everyday in varying intensities (slow and long, intervals, threshold runs). Take practice tests with 5 minutes rests twice a week. Try to score at least 14 points to give yourself room because nerves can play a role on actual day.

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#1082 Posted : Thursday, October 8, 2020 10:12:42 AM(UTC)
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How did you guys prepare for the PFT ? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


What is your fitness background?

I used Stew Smith but programs should vary on your fitness level. An additional tip, practice the non-running exercises at your goal pace (ex. 1 sit-up a second). It might seem obvious, but you can burn yourself out if you go faster then you've been practicing.
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#1083 Posted : Thursday, October 8, 2020 3:12:09 PM(UTC)
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How did you guys prepare for the PFT ? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


What is your fitness background?

I used Stew Smith but programs should vary on your fitness level. An additional tip, practice the non-running exercises at your goal pace (ex. 1 sit-up a second). It might seem obvious, but you can burn yourself out if you go faster then you've been practicing.


I 2nd the focus on pacing sit-ups advice. I went from 5-6 points on sit-ups my 1st PFT (and struggling pretty hard to get the last ones) to easily getting 10 points my 2nd PFT. I only focused on pacing, rather than strength training, for abs and pretty infrequently at that leading up to the second one. Makes a huge difference.

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#1084 Posted : Thursday, October 8, 2020 3:31:26 PM(UTC)
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Random question (because my musician brain wants to know) - does anyone use a metronome to find the pace, i.e. if you want to find/track a specific pace faster or slower than a second?

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How did you guys prepare for the PFT ? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


I 2nd the focus on pacing sit-ups advice. I went from 5-6 points on sit-ups my 1st PFT (and struggling pretty hard to get the last ones) to easily getting 10 points my 2nd PFT. I only focused on pacing, rather than strength training, for abs and pretty infrequently at that leading up to the second one. Makes a huge difference.


App 9/18
Ph1 12/18
Ph2 1/19 (2/19)
Ph3 6/19
CJO/BI/e-QIP 7/19
SI/UA/FP/Poly: 8/19
Investigator/Credit 9/19
Q 12/20

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#1085 Posted : Thursday, October 8, 2020 3:54:19 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: NewSkillz Go to Quoted Post
Random question (because my musician brain wants to know) - does anyone use a metronome to find the pace, i.e. if you want to find/track a specific pace faster or slower than a second?

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Originally Posted by: Icandothis Go to Quoted Post
How did you guys prepare for the PFT ? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


I 2nd the focus on pacing sit-ups advice. I went from 5-6 points on sit-ups my 1st PFT (and struggling pretty hard to get the last ones) to easily getting 10 points my 2nd PFT. I only focused on pacing, rather than strength training, for abs and pretty infrequently at that leading up to the second one. Makes a huge difference.





I used a 60 BPM metronome video on YouTube a few times to practice the pacing. I agree with above; finding the right pace and holding it was key to get 10 points on sit-ups.

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#1086 Posted : Thursday, October 8, 2020 5:03:17 PM(UTC)
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Did a self test today:

56 situps (I should be maxing this out)

49.5 on the sprint

45 pushups

11:23 on the 1.5

The sprint absolutely kills me every time. Everything else, I am fine with, but that sprint makes the 1.5 an absolute grind for me. Do you guys literally just haul ass start to finish on the sprint? Do you ramp up speed, hit the max and try to hold it? Any tips appreciated.

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#1087 Posted : Thursday, October 8, 2020 5:58:55 PM(UTC)
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Does anyone know how long it took for medical to clear them? I have been adjudicated since July but due to a clerical issue at the local office my medical didn’t get sent to DC till about 7 weeks ago...

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#1088 Posted : Friday, October 9, 2020 8:54:53 AM(UTC)
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I hauled. I have mentioned this before, but I think the best training program is just doing the pft over and over again. One thing to note is be very aware of your technique on the sit ups and push ups. I was spot on with the sit ups, but got quite a few push ups knocked off due to a technique flaw I didnt realize I had.

One thing to focus on while you're doing it is that this is it. It's the gate that is necessary to overcome in order to become a SA, so don't hold anything back anywhere. I remember seeing one person only doing 30 push ups, claiming they were saving strength, which seemed completely ridiculous as you are unaware whether every rep has counted.

I say this as someone who passed with a comfy point total.
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#1089 Posted : Friday, October 9, 2020 10:28:28 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: M1keBones Go to Quoted Post
The sprint absolutely kills me every time. Everything else, I am fine with, but that sprint makes the 1.5 an absolute grind for me. Do you guys literally just haul ass start to finish on the sprint? Do you ramp up speed, hit the max and try to hold it? Any tips appreciated.


I haul ass the entire time.

It might be worth timing a 100m sprint to triage if you need to work on sprint speed or speed endurance. I.e. Are you fast and getting tired quickly VS are you slower but have good endurance. If you really want to break it down, you can also try a 40m and check your start/acceleration speed. You can use these times to find where the weakness is and train for it.
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#1090 Posted : Friday, October 9, 2020 11:00:46 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: M1keBones Go to Quoted Post
Did a self test today:

56 situps (I should be maxing this out)

49.5 on the sprint

45 pushups

11:23 on the 1.5

The sprint absolutely kills me every time. Everything else, I am fine with, but that sprint makes the 1.5 an absolute grind for me. Do you guys literally just haul ass start to finish on the sprint? Do you ramp up speed, hit the max and try to hold it? Any tips appreciated.


I hear you about the 1.5 after the sprints. One day a week I train where I run a 300m sprint, rest for less than 5 minutes, then run a 1.5 mile as fast as I can. Rest a bit, then another 300m sprint followed by a much slower paced 1.5 mile.

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#1091 Posted : Thursday, October 15, 2020 9:07:26 AM(UTC)
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Got the call today that I have been favorably adjudicated and set to go for the December class. Only thing standing in my way is the PFT which is scheduled for October 30th. I can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel for this very long process lol
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#1092 Posted : Friday, October 16, 2020 6:55:06 AM(UTC)
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Got the call today that I have been favorably adjudicated and set to go for the December class. Only thing standing in my way is the PFT which is scheduled for October 30th. I can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel for this very long process lol


Congratulations! Hope to see you at Quantico in December!
App: 5/19
P1: 5/19
M&G: 6/19
P2(W): 7/19
P2(I): 10/19
CJO: 11/19
PSI: 1/20
Poly: 1/20
Med: 2/20
BI: 3/20
Adj: 7/20
BFTC: 12/20
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#1093 Posted : Saturday, October 17, 2020 11:31:02 AM(UTC)
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Hey All! First Post!

I’ve been reading many of the pages on this forum and it definitely helped during my process.

I’ve been “slotted to attend” Quantico starting Dec 6th for the upcoming class. Send me a message if you’ll be in that class so we can all stay in touch! See you all soon.

For those in the process, keep going and putting in the work! The day will come 👍🏼

My process (approximate dates)
App: 09/2019
Phase 1: 10/2019
M&G: 11/2019
Phase II(W): 12/2019
Phase II (I): 01/2020
PFT (1): 02/2020
COE: 02/2020
PSI: 03/2020
Poly/Med: 04/2020
Background: 04/20-10/20
PFT (Pre-Q): 10/20
Quantico: 12/20
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#1094 Posted : Monday, October 19, 2020 11:41:33 AM(UTC)
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Hey all. It has been a while since I've gone through the FBI process. I went through a couple years ago, didn't pass the interview. I was locked out for a year, but now it's been a couple. I would like to know what all has changed in the process. My phase 2 was done at a large hotel over a weekend. There were about 250 applicants from my region. They split everyone into groups and half did writing exam while the other half interviewed, and then everyone switched. Have they gone away from this method? I'm seeing Phase 2 in 2 parts now. Also, are they still making people who have been to phase 2 previously attend a meet & greet? Are they do a pre-PFT at the meet & greet still?
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#1095 Posted : Monday, October 19, 2020 3:10:29 PM(UTC)
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Has anyone had their credit pulled more than once?
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#1096 Posted : Monday, October 19, 2020 3:13:32 PM(UTC)
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Has anyone had their credit pulled more than once?


I think I only had mine pulled once. What was the name of the institution on your credit report that pulled yours?
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#1097 Posted : Monday, October 19, 2020 4:04:49 PM(UTC)
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Mine said FBI. They pulled it at the start of the investigation 7 months ago and they just pulled it again
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#1098 Posted : Monday, October 19, 2020 4:23:44 PM(UTC)
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Mine said FBI. They pulled it at the start of the investigation 7 months ago and they just pulled it again


Ah got ya, mine said differently but I believe it was after the switch of who was running backgrounds. Mine said ‘US Govt...’ yada yada yada
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#1099 Posted : Monday, October 19, 2020 4:24:18 PM(UTC)
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I only had it pulled once.
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#1100 Posted : Tuesday, October 20, 2020 7:42:28 AM(UTC)
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Has anyone had their credit pulled more than once?


This happened to me when being hired by the DEA. DEA pulled it way back at the beginning for their suitability, but then NBIB pulled their own for my security clearance right before I got the hiring call. They also called my references and most recent supervisor. I got the hiring call a couple days later...
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