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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.
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
* FS5: Lutz, Axel, camel, camel-sit-scratch, backspin, dance step
* 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), dance step sequence.
* FS7: Double toe loop or double toe Walley, 2 Walleys, flying
camel, one foot Axel-1/4 flip-Axel, jump in opposite direction
(flip or loop or Lutz), dance step sequence.
* FS8: Double loop, split Lutz , flying sit or Axel sit spin, 1-1/4
flip/1-1/4 flip/double Salchow, illusion or camel-jump-camel,
dance step sequence
* FS9: Double flip, double Lutz, Axel-double loop, opposite
direction Axel or double Axel, rocker or counter jump-double
toeloop-double loop, flying camel or jump sit.
* 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.
* ID1: Chasse sequence, progressive sequence, swing rolls.
* ID2: Chasse sequence, progressive sequence, Dutch Waltz.
* ID3: Canasta Tango, Swing Dance, Rhythm Blues.
* ID4: Cha-Cha, Hickory Hoedown, Fiesta Tango, Willow Waltz.
* ID5: Ten-Fox, Fourteen Step, Foxtrot.
* ID6: European Waltz, Rocker Foxtrot, American Waltz.
* ID7: Tango, Paso Doble, Three-Lobe Waltz or Free Dance.
* ID8: Blues, Killian, Quickstep.
* ID9: Westminster Waltz, Argentine Tango, Viennese Waltz.
* ID10: Free Dance.
USFSA Adult freestyle test requirements
The Adult freestyle tests are roughly equivalent to the
pre-preliminary to juvenile standard USFSA freestyle tests (see
comparison table). After passing Adult gold, it is possible to start
testing on the regular track at the intermediate level.
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
3. A jump sequence consisting of half and single revolution
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
* Gold (2:40 minutes)
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
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
USFSA 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
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.
PN1 Salchow, toe-loop Salchow, boucle pique
Scratch spin (4 rev. min) Pirouette debout en dedans (4 tours)
One of the 4 forward three turns (drafted) Un trois avant (tire par le
Forward outside spiral Arabesque dehors avant
PN2 Salchow-toe-loop, loop Salchow-boucle pique, boucle
Backspin (3 rev. min) Pirouette debout en dehors (3 tours)
One of the 4 forward mohawks Un mohawk avant
Spiral Arabesque pied-main
PN3 Waltz jump-loop, flip Saut de vals-boucle, flip
Sitspin(3 rev. min), change-foot scratch (4 rev. on each foot)
Pirouette assise (3 tours), debout changee de pied (4 tour chaque
One of the 4 back threes Un trois arriere
PN4 Lutz, loop-loop, flip-toe-loop Lutz, boucle-boucle, flip-boucle
Camel(3 rev. min), camel-sit (2 rev. before change) Pirouette allongee
(3 tours), allongee-assise (2 tour avant changement)
One double three (forward-back) Un double trois (avant-arriere)
PN5 Axel, Lutz-toe-loop-loop Axel, Lutz-boucle pique-boucle
Change-foot sitspin, camel-sit-sit Pirouette assise changee de pied,
One double three (back-forward) Un double trois (arriere-avant)
Spiral Arabesque Royale
PN6 Double salchow, Axel-loop Double Salchow, Axel-boucle
Camel(5 rev. min), change-spin with a change on position on each
foot(4 rev on each foot) Pirouette allongee (5 tours), combinee avec
un changement de pied et un changement de position sur chaque pied.
One forward bracket Un bracket avant
PN7 Double toe-loop, Double salchow in combination with single or
double Double boucle pique, combinaison d'un saut simple ou double
avec un double Salchow
Jump spin(5 rev. min), layback (women) or double change-sit (men)
Pirouette sautee (5 tours), cambree (filles), assise changee de
pied-rechangee de pied (garcons)
One backward bracket Un bracket arriere
Spiral Ina Bauer
PN8 Double loop, Double toe-loop in combination with single or double,
Axel-half-loop-double Salchow Double boucle, combinaison d'un saut
simple ou double avec un double boucle pique, Axel-Thoren-double
Change spin with a change of position on each foot (5 rev. on each
foot), attitude (6 rev.) Pirouette avec un changement de pied et un
changement de position sur chaque pied(5 tours sur chaque pied),
attitude (6 tours)
One forward or backward counter Un contre rocking avant ou arriere
Split half flip 1/2 flip ecarte
PN9 Double flip, combination of two different double jumps Double
flip, combinaison de deux sauts doubles differents
Jump spin (6 rev.), jump spin with a change of foot Pirouette sautee
(5 tours), pirouette sautee changee de pied
One forward or backward rocker Un rocker avant ou arriere
PN10 Double Lutz, combination of a double flip or a double loop with a
different double jump Double Lutz, combinaison de deux doubles sauts
avec un double flip ou double boucle
Change foot spin with a change of position on each foot (one position
must be an attitude), Biellman spin (women), cross-foot spin (men)
Pirouette combinee avec un changement de pied et au moins un
changement de position incluant une position attitude sur chaque pied,
royale (filles), croisse (garcons)
One forward or backward choctaw Un choctaw avant ou arriere
SPread eagle or Y spiral Grand aigle ou Y avant
NISA test requirements
The lower test levels have three different types of tests - moves in
the field (up to Inter-Silver), freestyle elements and freeskating.
The top levels have interpretive, technical and freeskating tests.
Each track can be tested independently of the other two -thus it is
possible, for example, to pass all the moves in the field tests
without taking any element or freeskating tests.
+ Field moves - 1. F crossover into held FO edge in both
directions 2. consecutive FI edges. 3. BO cross strokes. 4.
consecutive BI edges 5. forwards cross rolls.
+ Elements - Crossovers around the rink in both directions.
Waltz jump; Salchow; toe-loop; upright spin; sitspin or camel
(3 revs); forwards and backwards spiral (either edge).
+ Free - 1.5 min. program including two single jumps, two
different spins and 2 different spirals .
+ Field moves - 1. F changes of edge. 2. consecutive FO three
turns. 3.FI three step to FO crossover (both directions). 4.
BO three-FI mohawk-BO3 in circles in both directions. 5.
forwards and backwards edge pulls on each foot. 6. BO cross
+ Elements - Crossovers in a figure of eight; loop jump; flip;
Lutz; sitspin (4 revs); camel (4 revs); change foot upright
spin; straight line step sequence.
+ Free - 1.5 mins program with three single jumps, one simple
spin and one change-foot spin, straight line steps.
+ Field moves - 1. FO double threes on alternating feet. 2. FI
double threes on alternating feet. 3. FO three step to BO
double three pattern in figures of eight. 4. Two back
crossovers into BI double threes in a figure of eight. 5. RFO
mohawk-LBO crossover-RBI three-cross behind-LFI mohawk-RBI
step to LBO step to RFO swing, then step to LF and repeat in
other direction 6. FI open choctaw-BO crossover-BO3 on the
other foot-FI choctaw etc. 7. Chasse-cross behind to FI
double bracket, chasse on the other foot,etc.
+ Elements - perimeter power stroking; Axel; double Salchow;
combination of two single jumps including a Lutz; change-foot
sit or camel (4 revs. each foot); camel-sit combination;
circular step sequence.
+ Free - Three different jumps including Axel and double
Salchow; combination of two single jumps including a Lutz;
two spins, one with a change of position (4 revs each
position) and one with a change of foot (4 revs each foot);
+ Field moves - 1. Backwards crossover to BO edge-change of
edge-BI double three, repeat in other direction. 2. FI
mohawk-BI change of edge- BO double three-step forwards to
FI, repeat in the other direction. 3. RBO crossover-LBI
rocker-LFI choctaw-RBO crossover-LBI rocker-LFI choctaw-RBO
crossover to LBO, repeat in the other direction. 4.
Two-footed power rockers (Two slalom lobes forwards on both
feet rocker to backwards then two lobes backwards rocker to
forwards, then repeat turning the other way. 5. FI
mohawk-BI-slip chasse-FI mohawk pattern in a circle, both
ways. 6. continuous FI-BO-FI choctaws in a straight line in
+ Elements - Double Salchow; double toe-loop; double loop;
combination of a double and a single jump; flying spin
(6revs); camel-sit-change sit combination (5 revs. on each
foot); serpentine step sequence.
+ Free - Axel; two different double jumps; Three spins
(including flying spin and camel-sit-change); serpentine step
Ladies - Double Salchow; double loop; double flip or double
Lutz; combination of two double jumps; flying spin (6 revs),
layback or side leaning spin (6 revs); spin with one change
of foot and one change of position (5revs on each foot).
Men - Double Salchow, double loop; double flip; double Lutz;
combination of two double jumps; flying spin (6revs); change
camel or change sit (6revs each foot), spin with one change
of foot and one change of position (ie camel-sit-sit) (5 revs
Ladies - Four different doubles; a combination of two double
jumps; three spins (including flying spin, layback or side
spin and a spin with one change of foot and one change of
position); step sequence.
Men - Five different doubles (including Lutz); combination of
two double jumps; three spins (including flying spin,
change-foot sit or camel combination and camel-sit-sit); step
+ Interpretive - 2:00 program complying with current ISU
regulations (rules 323 and 324), showing a level of skating
consistent with the other Inter-gold tests.
+ Technical - 2.40 program complying with current ISU
regulations for junior skaters.
+ Free - Free program complying with current ISU regulations
Ladies - 3:30 minutes including a double Lutz and three other
Men - 4:00 minutes including a double Axel and four other
+ Interpretive - 2:30 minutes program complying with current
ISU regulations (rules 323 and 324), showing a level of
skating consistent with the other Gold tests.
+ Technical - 2.40 short program complying with current ISU
regulations for senior skaters. (rule 317)
+ Free - Free programme complying with current ISU regulations
Ladies- 4:00 minutes program including a double Axel and four
other double jumps.
Men - 4:30 minutes program including one triple jump, double
Axel and four other double jumps.
8. Gold Star (free only) - Free program complying with current ISU
regulations (rule 320).
Ladies- 4:00 minutes program including one triple jump, a
combination containing a triple jump and a double Axel.
Men - 4.30 minutes program including two different triple jumps, a
combination containing a triple jump and a double Axel.
Appendix 3: Comparative table of national freestyle tests
Approximate equivalence of test levels between USA, Canada, ISI,
France and Germany.
USFSA Adult USFSA ISI Skate Canada FFSG DEU
Pre-bronze Pre-preliminary FS2 Preliminaire
Bronze Preliminary FS3 Preliminary PN1,PN2 Klasse 8
Silver Pre-juvenile FS4 Jr. Bronze PN3,PN4 Klasse 7
Gold Juvenile FS5 Jr. Bronze PN5,Preparatoire Klasse 6