United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) specifies a
testing system that qualifies skaters to compete at various
A skater must be a member of the
Greater Green Bay Figure Skating Club or other USFSA club in order
to take these tests.
Tests are a requirement for
competition; skaters pass certain tests to be eligible for
particular events. However, the testing system may also be used by
skaters who do not compete, as a means of measuring personal
The tests consist of required
elements that a skater must perform before a panel of judges.
Judges mark each test as either "pass" or "retry." For a test to
pass, the single lower-test judge, or two judges out of the panel
of three, must mark the test as passing.
If the majority of the judges mark
the test as a retry, the skater may take the test again after
twenty-seven days. In testing, skaters' skills are judged against a
clearly outlined standard, rather than against the performance of
A skater's coach will suggest when
the skater is ready to test and will give him or her an application
form. The final decision about a test is ultimately made by the
coach, skater, and parent together. However, your coach will
know best about the expectations of the judges and the likely
outcome of your test.
The application form must be
completed and returned with the appropriate fees to the test chair
by the required deadline. The following is a brief summary of
testing information; however, the USFSA rulebook (updated annually)
should be consulted for the most accurate and current information
Skaters must be in "good standing"
in order to test, which includes being up to date in ice payments
and service hours.