Test Categories

Moves in the field

Requires footwork in patterns around the ice surface that involve turns and edges used in figures, freestyle, pairs, and ice dance. These tests are performed in silence, rather than to music. The first level, the pre-preliminary test, is followed by preliminary, pre-juvenile, juvenile, intermediate, novice, junior, and senior/gold for a total of eight different test levels.

Each test has several required moves in the field patterns that focus on power, edge quality, quickness, and/or extension. Once all patterns are performed, the judges may ask a skater to perform one of the patterns a second time (that is, if an error was made, but the remainder of the test was passing).

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Freestyle

Elements such as jumps, spins, footwork, and connecting steps including moves in the field are required for freestyle tests. No music is used for the pre-preliminary level. Programs choreographed to music with specified elements are required for the preliminary through senior tests.

In order to qualify to take a freestyle test, the skater must first pass the moves in the field test at the corresponding level. A skater may be asked to demonstrate competency in up to two missed elements at the completion of a freestyle program. This decision will be made by the judge(s) only if the remainder of the test was passing.

Adult Skating

Tests are available for adult skaters (those aged 21 or older) in all disciplines mentioned above; moves in the field, free skating, pairs, and dance. Levels for adult moves in the field and free skating are adult pre-bronze, adult bronze, adult silver, and adult gold. Adult pair test levels are adult bronze, adult silver, and adult gold.

For dance, adult skaters test the same dances and levels as the standard track skaters, but adult and masters dance tests need only be skated with a partner, not solo.

Ice Dancing

The interpretation of flowing steps to music with a focus on rhythm, expression, and technique. Compulsory dances involve a specified pattern performed to pre-selected music, and free dance requires individualized choreography of specified elements to music chosen by the skater.

 The dances can be taken either standard (with a partner) or solo-track (without a partner). The testing levels are preliminary, pre-bronze, bronze, pre-silver, silver, pre-gold, gold, and international.

Each USFSA ice dance level consists of three to four compulsory dances. The entire group of dances in a level must be passed before testing a dance in a higher level. Dances in each level are listed below. Patterns for these dances are provided in the USFSA rulebook.

Preliminary (Dutch Waltz, Canasta Tango, Rhythm Blues)
Pre-bronze (Swing, 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 (Kilian, Blues, Paso Doble, Starlight Waltz)
Gold (Viennese Waltz, Westminster Waltz, Quickstep, Argentine Tango)
International (Austrian waltz, Cha Cha Congelado, Golden Waltz, Midnight Blues, Rhumba, Silver Samba, Tango Romantica, Yankee Polka)

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Pairs

Pair skaters are judged for degree of unison as well as for completion of skating elements. Pair test levels are preliminary, juvenile, intermediate, novice, junior, and senior/gold.

All tests are performed to music, except the preliminary test, for which music is optional.