Test Sets

The test exercises for The Supreme Master Assessment are separated into four groups:

  • Strength / Power / Endurance

  • Because of "Strength / Power / Endurance" is the most physically exhausting group, we have designed two sets for these test exercises:
    • Primary Set
    • Full Set
  • Mobility / Flexibility

  • Balance / Coordination

  • Mental


Despite trying to make the test universal, for some people a few exercises designed to test for strength endurance or power endurance may immediately become difficult and actually feel like strength tests. If this is the case, don’t let this bother you and just do your best! This categorisation is only for test design purposes and the analysis will be relevant either way.
Color key:
● (orange) Strength and Power
● (green) Strength Endurance and Power Endurance
● (blue) Endurance

Primary Set

The Primary Set should cover the most general, climbing-relevant parts of the body:

  • Isometric strength of four finger flexors
  • Isometric strength endurance of four finger flexors
  • Isometric endurance of four finger flexors
  • Isometric strength of mid-arm flexors
  • Isotonic power of mid-arms flexors
  • Isometric strength endurance of mid-arm flexors
  • Isotonic strength endurance of mid-arm flexors
  • Isometric strength of core flexors
  • Isometric strength endurance of core flexors
  • Isometric strength endurance of core extensors
  • Isotonic strength/strength endurance of legs extensors
  • Isotonic power endurance of overall body

The above set should provide you with a decent overview about your physical abilities for climbing.

Full Set

The Full Set will test the same general physiology as the Primary Set, but will be even wider and sometimes also include tests geared more towards advanced climbers:

  • All test exercises in the Primary Set
  • Isometric strength of three finger flexors
  • Isometric maximum strength of four finger flexors
  • Isotonic strength of mid-arm flexors
  • Isometric strength/strength endurance of mid-arm extensors
  • Isotonic strength/strength endurance of mid-arm extensors
  • Isotonic strength endurance of oblique flexors
  • Isotonic strength endurance of core extensors
  • Isometric endurance of oblique flexors
  • Isometric endurance of core extensors
  • Isometric strength endurance of leg flexors
  • Isometric endurance of leg extensors

The above set should provide you with an extensive overview of your physical abilities for climbing.

The exact test exercises are listed in the Order of Test Exercises section.

Mental Test

Aside from the physical motor tests, we have created a comprehensive survey-style test to help you identify your psychological strengths and weaknesses in climbing. Although there is no comparative analysis available for the psychological exam (for ethical reasons), the results are shown as a chart of different categories, such as commitment or self-esteem, to help you identify where you can improve and to track your growth.

Testing Frequency

We advise you to submit a new Supreme Master Assessment after each training block, but not more than four times a year. Mental tests should not be done more than twice a year.

  Strength / Power / Endurance Mobility / Flexibility Balance / Coordination Mental
Times a year 2 - 3 2 2 1 - 2