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If you or your child recently started taking private lessons in figure skating you may have heard from your coach, or other skaters about the test structure, or been told to start working on “moves in the field” or “prepreliminary” or your “first test”. The test structure can be confusing to new skaters, but it is one of the most important parts of figure skating, and will soon become an integral part of your skating language!

WHAT IS THE TEST STRUCTURE AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?

The test structure is often called the “backbone of U.S. Figure Skating.” Starting with the first test you take, through your entire career, it is the national standard that you are measured against. When you fill out applications for just about everything in figure skating, the first question will be “What is the highest U.S. Figure Skating Test passed?”

U.S. Figure Skating tests are offered in the following tracks:
1. Moves in the Field
2. Free Skate
3. Pattern Dance or Solo Pattern Dance
4. Free Dance or Solo Free Dance
5. Pairs


The level you enter in competitions is determined by your highest test passed, often sessions at rinks are divided by the skaters’ test levels, and skaters registering for a camp or clinic are divided by test level. Each U.S. Figure Skating test that you pass goes on your permanent record, and is an achievement you always carry with you. In fact, your tests passed and your placement at qualifying competitions are the ONLY things on your U.S. Figure Skating record. 

The MOVES IN THE FIELD tests progress through the following levels:
1. Pre-Preliminary
2. Preliminary
3. Pre-Juvenile
4. Juvenile
5. Intermediate
6. Novice
7. Junior
8. Senior 

The FREE SKATE tests progress through the following levels:
1. Pre-Preliminary
2. Preliminary
3. Pre-Juvenile
4. Juvenile
5. Intermediate
6. Novice
7. Junior
8. Senior 

The PATTERN DANCE and SOLO PATTERN DANCE tests progress through the following levels:
1. Preliminary: Dutch Waltz, Cansta Tango, Rhythm Blues
2. Pre-Bronze: Swing Dance, Cha Cha, Fiesta Tango
3. Bronze: Hickory Hoedown, Willow Watlz, Ten-Fox
4. Pre-Silver: Fourteenstep, European Waltz, Foxtrot
5. Silver: American Waltz, Tango, Rocker Foxtrot
6. Pre-Gold: Killian, Blues, Paso Doble, Starlight Waltz
7. Gold*: Viennese Waltz, Westminster Waltz, Quickstep, Argentine Tango
8. International*: Austrian Waltz, Cha Cha Congelado*, Finnstep, Golden Waltz, Midnight Blues, Ravensburger Waltz, Rhumba*, Silver Samba*, Tango Romantica*, Yankee Polka*
* When a skater has passed their gold test, they become a U.S. Figure Skating gold medalist. The international dances are offered as an additional challenge for those who wish to keep going after achieving the gold level. In addition, only those marked with an * are able to be skated solo

(^ Information taken from http://www.usfsa.org/content/AllAboutTests.pdf  Visit this website for more detailed information on U.S. Figure Skating Tests.)


Upcoming Test Dates:

  • Thursday, August 8, 2019


Contact your coach for more details about testing.

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