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Preparing for your test

We’ve provided a list of preparation information for you, however if you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]

The day before

We strongly advise you adhere to the following recommendations the day before your test:

  • Avoid vigorous exercise or training
  • Aim to be rested/get a good night's sleep
  • Minimise or avoid caffeine and alcohol
  • Maintain your typical diet (don't suddenly change your intake)
  • Maintain hydration practices
  • Keep a basic record of what you eat and drink to bring to your session

On the day

On the day of your test, try not to rush but aim to be at Compass House, 104 East Road, Cambridge (CB5 8DZ) 15-minutes before your test appointment. Our staff will meet you in the entrance foyer. If for any reason you are running late, please email us ASAP. We strongly advise you adhere to the following recommendations on the day of your test:

  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol
  • Eat a light meal three to four hours before the test (but avoid high carbohydrate intake)
  • Bring your record of what you eat and drink with you
  • If you use an inhaler please bring it with you
  • Do not consume sports drinks; just maintain normal hydration up to the test
  • Do not train on the day, arrive rested

What do I need to bring?

We advise you bring suitable training or exercise clothing with you to the test (i.e. running top, shorts, socks, running shoes). If you are doing a cycle test, we recommend you bring cycle shorts for comfort.

There are changing and shower facilities onsite, so we also recommend bringing a towel and a change of clothing.

It is recommended that you also bring a bottle of water and a snack for after testing at your discretion.

Where do I need to go?

All Exercise and Performance Testing takes place at our Compass House location on the corner of East Road (104 East Road, CB5 8DZ).

  • Driving: There is public parking at the Grafton Centre next door or use the Park and Ride options.
  • Train: We are 15 minutes' walking distance from the station.