WHAT IS TESTING?
The USFSA test levels range in difficulty from Pre-Preliminary to Senior (Gold) test. They are used nation and world wide as set standards for competition placement, competition judging, and as a general standard. Several times during the year USFSA tests are conducted at BMVFSC.
The tests include Moves in the Field and Free Skating. They are judged according to standards established by the USFSA. A complete description of each test can be found in the USFSA Rulebook. Pros will decide when skaters have developed sufficient skills and are completely prepared to test. Check with your Pro for current directions when you are ready to test.
USFSA Moves in the Field and Free Skating Tests Structure includes
- Pre Preliminary
- Senior (Gold)
There are two components of the USFSA Free Skating Test Structure:
1) Moves in the Field
2) Freeskating Program with Music
The Moves in the Field are skated prior to the Program with Music and must be passed as a prerequisite. One retry for one of the Moves in the Field will be allowed if the judge (on a single judge panel), or a majority of the judges deem it necessary. If that element is satisfactorily completed on the second attempt, the skater shall pass the test. If the Moves in the Field portion of a test is not successfully completed, the Freestyle Program with Music may not be taken.
The Freeskating Program with Music comprises the second portion of each test after the Pre-Preliminary test. All required elements for each program must be successfully completed in order to pass these tests. If more than two of the required elements are missed, this test must automatically be retried. If one or two elements are missed, they may be retried after the skating of the Program with Music. These elements will be retried in isolation and without music. If successfully completed, the skater will have passed the test.
The fee for testing will vary with the level of test and will be stated on the test application. You must contact your Pro, not the Testing Chair, for information on testing. Expenses paid from the fees collected include a fee to the USFSA to help defray the cost of processing the test results, a fee to the arena for ice time, judges' mileage/air fare, judges' meals, postage, and other office supplies.