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Appendix 2: Test requirements

Note: The test requirements listed here are meant as general
information about figure skating test in different skating programs.
Both the detailed requirements and the entire test structure may
change from season to season. Therefore, if you are planning to take
any tests, consult your coach, your local club or figure skating
association about current rules and requirements.

ISI tests (incorporating changes introduced in Jan 2004)

Freestyle

The FS tests are taken after passing the basic skills tests (alpha,
beta, gamma and delta)
* FS1: Forward inside pivot, two foot spin, forward spiral back
outside/inside edges, half flip, waltz jump.
* FS2: Ballet jump, half toe Walley, half Lutz, scratch spin, 2
forward spirals, dance step sequence.
* FS3: Back outside or inside pivot, Salchow, change foot spin, back
spiral, toe loop or toe Walley, dance step sequence
* FS4: Flip, loop, sitspin, half loop , two back spirals, dance step
sequence.
* FS5: Lutz, Axel, camel, camel-sit-scratch, backspin, dance step
sequence.
* FS6: Split jump, split falling leaf, Axel-half loop-flip, double
Salchow, cross-foot or layback or change sit spin, spin combo
(with change of foot and position), serpentine dance step
sequence.
* FS7: Double toe loop or double toe Walley, 2 Walleys, flying
camel, combination spin including a flying spin and at least 4
different body positions (each held by 3 revolutions min.) and at
least one change of foot; one foot Axel-1/4 flip-Axel, jump in
opposite direction (flip or loop or Lutz), dance step sequence.
* FS8: Double loop, double flip, split Lutz , flying sit or Axel sit
spin, 1-1/4 flip/1-1/4 flip/double Salchow, illusion or
camel-jump-camel, circular dance step sequence
* FS9: Double Lutz, Axel-double loop, opposite direction Axel or
double Axel, rocker or counter jump-double toeloop-double loop,
flying camel or jump sit; arabesque/Bauer/spread eagle sequence in
a serpentine pattern covering the full ice surface.
* FS10:Double Axel-double toeloop, triple edge jump, death drop, 4
alternating direction Axels or triple toe assisted jump, double
jump in both directions or triple toe assisted Jump-double Loop, 3
Arabian cartwheels or butterfly jumps; Dance step sequence
designed by the skater covering the entire ice surface.

Dance

From January 2004, it is not required to have passed the basic skills
delta test in order to take the ice dancing tests.
* ID1: Alternating F. Chasses in Killian position to 2/4 music;
Alternating forward progressives in Killian position to 2/4 music.
* ID2: Alternating forward swing rolls in Killian position to 3/4
music; Dutch Waltz.
* ID3: Canasta Tango, Rhythm Blues.
* ID4: Swing Dance; Cha-Cha; Fiesta Tango.
* ID5: Willow Dance; Hickory Hoedown.
* ID6: Ten-Fox; Fourteen Step; Foxtrot.
* ID7: European Waltz; Rocker Foxtrot; Tango.
* ID8: American Waltz; Paso Doble; Quickstep.
* ID9: Blues; Killian; Starlight Waltz.
* ID10: Westminster Waltz, Argentine Tango, Viennese Waltz.
* International Dance test: Silver Samba, Rhumba, Cha-cha Congelado,
Midnight Blues, Austrian Waltz, Tango Romantica; Yankee Polka;
Ravensburger Waltz; Golden Waltz

US Figure Skating Adult freestyle test requirements

The Adult freestyle tests are roughly equivalent to the
pre-preliminary to juvenile standard US Figure Skating freestyle tests
(see comparison table). After passing Adult gold, it is possible to
start testing on the regular track at the intermediate level.
* Pre-bronze
1. Two different half or one revolution jumps.
2. A one-foot upright spin (min. 3 revolutions)
3. A two-foot upright spin (min. 3 revolutions)
4. Forward and backward crossovers.
5. Lunge or spiral
* Bronze (1:40 minutes maximum length)
1. Salchow, toe-loop and at least another different single jump.
2. Waltz jump-toe-loop combination
3. One foot upright spin (min. 4 revolutions)
4. One foot back spin (min. 3 revolutions)
5. Sit spin (min. 3 revolutions)
6. Connecting moves, steps and edges
* Silver (2:10 minutes maximum length)
1. Loop, flip and at least another different single jump.
2. two single jumps in combination (no turn or change of foot
between jumps)
3. A jump sequence consisting of half and single revolution
jumps
4. Camel spin (min. 3 revolutions)
5. Layback, attitude or sit spin (min. 4 revolutions)
6. Combination spin with one change of position (min 3
revolutions in each position)
7. Connective moves, spirals, edges with full utilization of the
ice surface.
* Gold (2:40 minutes)
1. Axel
2. Lutz
3. Two additional single jumps
4. Split jump, stag jump, falling leaf or half-loop.
5. two single jumps in combination (no turn or change of foot
between jumps).
6. Two different solo spins (min. 4 revolutions)
7. Combination spin with one change of foot and at least one
change of position (min 4 revolutions on each foot)
8. Straight or circular step sequence
9. Connective moves, spirals, edges with full utilization of the
ice surface.

US Figure Skating test dances

* Preliminary: Dutch Waltz, Canasta Tango, Rhythm Blues.
* Pre-Bronze: Swing Dance, Cha-cha, Fiesta Tango.
* Bronze: Hickory Hoedown, Willow Waltz, Ten-Fox.
* Pre-Silver: Fourteen Step, European Waltz, Foxtrot.
* Silver: American Waltz, Tango, Rocker Foxtrot.
* Pre-Gold: Killian, Blues, Paso Doble.
* Gold: Viennese Waltz, Westminster Waltz, Quickstep, Argentine
Tango.

FFSG freestyle "Club" track test requirements

The FFSG figure skating tests are split in a Free skating track
(medaille de libre), "moves in the field" track ( medaille de glisse)
and a more recreational track (tests de Club). The tracks are totally
independent from each other, but passing a series of basic skill tests
is required for all of them.

English

Francais

PN1

Salchow, toe-loop.
Scratch spin (4 rev. min).
One of the 4 forward three turns.
Forward outside attitude.

Salchow, boucle pique.
Pirouette debout en dedans (4 tours min.)
Un trois avant (tire par le juge).
Arabesque dehors avant.

PN2

Salchow-toe-loop, loop.
Backspin (3 rev. min).
One out of the 4 forward mohawks.
Glide holding foot with hand.

Salchow-boucle pique, boucle.
Pirouette debout en dehors (3 tours min).
Un mohawk avant.
Arabesque pied-main.

PN3

Waltz jump-loop, flip.
Sitspin(3 rev. min), change-foot scratch spin (4 rev. min. on each
foot).
One out of 4 back threes.
Pivot.

Saut de vals-boucle, flip.
Pirouette assise (3 tours), debout changee de pied (4 tour chaque
pied).
Un trois arriere.
Canadienne

PN4

Lutz, loop-loop, flip-toe-loop.
Camel(3 rev. min), camel-sit (2 rev. min. before the position change).
One out of four double threes (forward-back).

Lutz, boucle-boucle, flip-boucle pique.
Pirouette allongee (3 tours), allongee-assise (2 tour avant
changement).
Un double trois (avant-arriere).
Gygne.

PN5

Axel, Lutz-toe-loop-loop.
Change-foot sitspin, camel-sit-sit.
One double three (back-forward).
Spiral (holding foot with hand).

Axel, Lutz-boucle pique-boucle.
Pirouette assise changee de pied, pirouette allongee-assise-assise.
Un double trois (arriere-avant).
Arabesque Royale.

PN6

Double salchow, Axel-loop.
Camel(5 rev. min), change-spin with a change on position on each foot
(4 rev. min. on each foot).
One forward bracket
Shoot-the-duck.

Double Salchow, Axel-boucle.
Pirouette allongee (5 tours), pirouette combinee avec un changement de
pied et un changement de position sur chaque pied (4 tours min. sur
chaque pied).
Un bracket avant.
Cafetiere.

PN7

Double toe-loop, Double salchow in combination with single or double.
Jump spin(5 rev. min), layback (women) or double change-sit (men).
One backward bracket.
Ina Bauer.

Double boucle pique, combinaison d'un saut simple ou double avec un
double Salchow.
Pirouette sautee (5 tours), cambree (filles), assise changee de
pied-rechangee de pied (garcons).
Un bracket arriere.
Ina Bauer.

PN8

Double loop, Double toe-loop in combination with single or double,
Axel-half-loop-double Salchow.
Change-foot spin with a change of position on each foot (5 rev. min.
on each foot), attitude spin(6 rev. min.)
One forward or backward counter.
Split half flip.

Double boucle, combinaison d'un saut simple ou double avec un double
boucle pique, Axel-Thoren-double Salchow.
Pirouette avec un changement de pied et un changement de position sur
chaque pied(5 tours sur chaque pied), attitude (6 tours min.)
Un contre rocking avant ou arriere.
1/2 flip ecarte.

PN9

Double flip, combination of two different double jumps.
Jump spin (6 rev. min.), jump spin with a change of foot.
One forward or backward rocker.
Walley.

Double flip, combinaison de deux sauts doubles differents.
Pirouette sautee (5 tours min.), pirouette sautee changee de pied.
Un rocker avant ou arriere.
Walley.

PN10

Double Lutz, combination of a double flip or a double loop with a
different double jump.
Change foot spin with a change of position on each foot (one position
must be an attitude), Biellman spin (women), cross-foot spin (men).
One forward or backward choctaw.
Spread eagle or "Y" spiral.

Double Lutz, combinaison de deux doubles sauts avec un double flip ou
double boucle.
Pirouette combinee avec un changement de pied et au moins un
changement de position incluant une position attitude sur chaque pied,
pirouette royale (filles), croisse (garcons).
Un choctaw avant ou arriere.
Grand aigle ou Y avant.

NISA standard test requirements

(Thanks to Annabel Smyth for providing this information)

NISA standard freestyle tests are divided into 10 levels, each having
an elements part (consisting of moves and freestyle elements) and a
free program skated to music. In addition to the standard track, there
is a competition track with five levels ranging from Pre-Novice to
Senior. In order to access the competition track, the skater must have
passed both the elements and free portions of the standard level 6.
Apart from that requirement, the competition tests can be taken
independently of the standard track.
1. Bronze test level 1:
+ Elements - Perimeter stroking in both directions; waltz jump
or Salchow; toe-loop; upright spin (min. 3 revs); forwards
and backwards spirals (either edge).
+ Free - 1.5 min. program including two different single jumps,
a spin, a spiral and a step sequence covering at least 10
meters.
2. Bronze test level 2:
+ Elements - Perimeter stroking with crossovers around the ends
of the rink; waltz jump; Salchow or toe-loop; scratch spin (5
revs); sit spin (3 revs.); backspin from a FI3 (1 or 2 revs);
straight line step sequence covering at least 25 meters.
+ Free - 1.5 mins program including two single jumps, a jump
combination, two different spins, a spiral and a step
sequence covering at least 2/3 of the rink length.
3. Bronze test level 3:
+ Elements - Crossovers in a figure of eight: First circle CCW
F. crossovers, second circle CW B. crossovers, third circle
CCW B crossovers and fourth circle CW F. crossovers; loop
jump; flip jump; a combination of a single jump and a
toe-loop; camel spin (3 revs.); backspin from a FI3 (3
revs.); a straight line step sequence using the full length
of the rink including forward and backward three turns.
+ Free - 1.5 mins. program including a flip and another
different single jump; one jump combination; two different
spins; a step sequence covering the full rink length. .
4. Silver test level 4:
+ Elements - Lutz; Axel; a combination of single jump and a
loop; a camel-sit spin combination (2 revs. min in each
position); a change foot scratch spin (4 revs. on each foot);
a step sequence including two of the following: forward
spiral, back spiral, pivot, Ina Bauer, spread eagle or lunge;
circular step sequence including mohawks and three turns.
+ Free - 2 mins. program including an Axel and a different
single jump; a jump combination; a spin combination with at
least one change of position (2 revs. in each position); a
simple spin (4 revs.); a circular step sequence including
mohawks and three turns.
5. Silver test level 5:
+ Elements: Perimeter power crossover stroking; Axel; double
Salchow; a jump combination including a Lutz or a flip;
flying camel spin (3 revs); change foot sit spin (4 revs. on
each foot); a spin combination with one change of position
and one change of foot (3 revs. on each foot).
+ Free: 2 mins. program including an Axel; two other different
jumps, one of which must be a double; a jump combination
including a Lutz or a flip; a spin combination including a
change of position (3 revs. in each position); another
different spin combination including a change of foot (3
revs. on each foot); a spiral or moves sequence covering half
of the ice surface.
6. Silver test level 6:
+ Elements: Double toe-loop; jump combination of an Axel and a
double toe-loop or double loop; a jump sequence including at
least two single jumps; change foot camel (3 revs. on each
foot); layback or sideways spins (5 revs.) or two-foot
crossfoot spin (3 revs.); a serpentine pattern containing
three of the following: F. spiral, B. spiral, pivot, Ina
Bauer, spread eagle or lunge; a circular step sequence using
the full width of the rink.
+ Free: 2.5 mins. program including an Axel; two different
double jumps; a jump sequence including a Lutz or a flip; a
spin combination including a change of position (3 revs. in
each position); another different spin combination including
a change of foot (3 revs. on each foot); a step sequence
covering the full ice surface.
7. Gold test level 7:
+ Elements: Double Salchow; double toe-loop; a jump combination
of a double and a single jump; flying camel into back sit
spin (4 revs. in each position); spin combination with one
change of position and one change on foot (5 revs on each
foot); jump sequence consisting of three jumps to include a
double jump; a straight line step sequence utilizing the full
length of the rink.
+ Free: 3 mins. program including an Axel; two different double
jumps; a jump conbination including a double jump; two
different spins, including a spin combination and a flying
spin (4 rev. per position or foot); a spiral or step sequence
covering the full ice surface.
8. Gold test level 8:
+ Elements: Double loop; Axel done at speed; combination of any
jump and a double toe-loop; a jump sequence including at
least two double jumps; flying camel (6 revs.); change foot
sit spin or change foot camel (6 revs. on each foot); a
serpentine step sequence fully utilizing the surface of the
rink.
+ Free: 3 mins. program including an Axel at speed; three
different double jumps; a combination of two double jumps;
three different spins, including a spin combination and a
flying spin (4 rev. per position or foot); a step sequence
covering the full ice surface.
9. Gold test level 9:
+ Elements: Double flip; combination of two double jumps (must
not include double loop); jump combination of a double jump
and a double loop; flying sit spin (5 revs.); spin
combination with one change of foot and two changes of
position (6 revs. on each foot); layback or sideways spins (8
revs.) or two-foot crossfoot spin (6 revs.); a sequence of
spirals or moves fully utilizing the ice surface.
+ Free: 3.5 mins. program including four different double
jumps; a combination of two double jumps; a flying spin (5
revs.); two different spins, including a spin combination (6
rev. per position or foot); a step sequence covering the full
ice surface; a spiral or moves sequence covering the full ice
surface.
10. Gold test level 10:
+ Elements: Double Lutz; combination of two double jumps (to
include a double flip or a double Lutz); jump sequence
including two double jumps; death drop or flying change sit
spin (6 revs.); spin combination with one change of foot and
two changes of position (6 revs. on each foot); a sequence of
spirals or moves fully utilizing the ice surface; a step
sequence fully utilizing the ice surface
+ Free: 4 mins. program including five different double jumps;
a combination of two double jumps; a flying spin (5 revs.);
two different spins, including a spin combination (6 rev. per
position or foot); a step sequence covering the full ice
surface; a spiral or moves sequence covering the full ice
surface.

Appendix 3: Comparative table of national freestyle tests

Approximate equivalence of test levels between USA, Canada, ISI,
France, Germany and Great Britain

US Figure Skating Adult US Figure Skating ISI Skate Canada FFSG DEU
NISA
Pre-bronze Pre-preliminary FS2 Preliminaire,PN1 Preliminary
Bronze Preliminary FS3 Preliminary PN2,PN3 Klasse 8 Preliminary
Silver Pre-juvenile FS4 Jr. Bronze PN3,PN4 Klasse 7 Inter-Bronze
Gold Juvenile FS5 Jr. Bronze PN5,Preparatoire Klasse 6 Bronze
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