Both the academic and physical training at the Academy are considered to be quite strenuous. Many new Agents say that the amount of academic study required at the Academy was much more than they had anticipated. They also strongly advise those who do not know Spanish to prepare themselves mentally for an intensive Spanish course. The physical part of the program is extremely demanding. Among other physical requirements, at the end of the 55 days, trainees must be able to complete the following: a 1Â½ mile run in 13 minutes or less; a confidence course in 2 1/2 minutes or less; and a 220 yard dash in 46 seconds or less.