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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. Chassés 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 (médaille de
libre), "moves in the field" track ( médaille 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

Français

PN1

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

Salchow, boucle piqué.
Pirouette debout en dedans (4 tours min.)
Un trois avant (tiré 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 piqué, 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 changée de pied (4 tour chaque pied).
Un trois arrière.
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 piqué.
Pirouette allongée (3 tours), allongée-assise (2 tour avant changement).
Un double trois (avant-arrière).
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 piqué-boucle.
Pirouette assise changée de pied, pirouette allongée-assise-assise.
Un double trois (arrière-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 allongée (5 tours), pirouette combinée avec un changement de pied
et un changement de position sur chaque pied (4 tours min. sur chaque pied).
Un bracket avant.
Cafetière.

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 piqué, combinaison d'un saut simple ou double avec un double
Salchow.
Pirouette sautée (5 tours), cambrée (filles), assise changée de
pied-rechangée de pied (garçons).
Un bracket arrière.
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
piqué, 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 arrière.
1/2 flip écarté.

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 différents.
Pirouette sautée (5 tours min.), pirouette sautée changée de pied.
Un rocker avant ou arrière.
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 combinée avec un changement de pied et au moins un changement de
position incluant une position attitude sur chaque pied, pirouette royale
(filles), croissé (garçons).
Un choctaw avant ou arrière.
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 Préliminaire,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,Préparatoire Klasse 6 Bronze
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