Do you have what it takes to be a special agent? FBI Albany puts local media to the test

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CICERO, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — To be an FBI special agent, all applicants must be physically fit. Agents with the Albany field office for the Federal Bureau of Investigation visited Cicero-North Syracuse High School Wednesday to put local news agencies to the test!

Becoming a special agent is not easy. It’s a mental and physical challenge, which nearly half of people fail on the first try. 

“It’s not just a test of your physical ability, it’s a test that, can you continue to go and stay in the fight right until the end?” said Darren Semprebon, a Special Agent with the FBI Albany Field Office.

The test is no joke. To pass it, you need to score a total of 12 points throughout four different events. It includes doing as many sit-ups as you can in one minute, then a 300-meter sprint, a minimum of 14 push-ups (depending on your age group) and then to top it all off, a 1.5 mile run. And participants only get a five-minute break in-between exercises. 

Though NewsChannel 9 and other stations participated in this event one time, special agents have to re-take this exam every year. However, for people like Semprebon, it’s all worth it. 

“It really is. I don’t think you’ll find an agent, even the crusty ones like me that have been around so long, in our heart, that in our heart we love this job beyond, it’s just the greatest job,” Semprebon said.

For those actually looking to become special agents, if they pass that physical test, they’d be off to Quantico, Virginia for 21 weeks where they’d have to pass the physical fitness test again, among several other exams.

Since many people do fail the physical test on the first try, the FBI has made a free app, FitTest, to walk people through the test and let them know what they’re signing up for. 

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