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8-Foot Up-and-Go Test



The '8-Foot Up-and-Go' Test is a coordination, dynamic balance and agility test for the elderly, and measures speed, agility and balance while moving. This is associated with the lifestyle tasks of maneuvering in a crowd, getting on or off a train or bus or moving around the house.

Equipment required

straight back or folding chair (about 44 cm high),
cone marker,
measuring tape,
area clear of obstacles.


Place the chair next to a wall (for safety) and the marker 8 feet (2.44 metres) in front of the chair. Clear the path between the chair and the marker.
Start fully seated, hands resting on the knees and feet flat on the ground.
Start timing and stand and walk (no running) as quickly as possible (and safely) to and around the cone, returning to the chair to sit down. Timing stops as you sit down. Repeat 2 times.
Take the best time of the two tests to the nearest 1/10th second.
For best results, practice the test once, and then perform it twice.
A cane or walker may be used if that is the usual mode of walking.
Push-off from the chair is allowed.

Safety issues

Make sure a person is located half way between the chair and marker, ready to assist you if you lose balance.
The floor should be non slippery.





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