Figure skating progress is measured by the USFS testing program. Skaters test to advance to a higher level. There are tests for Moves-in-the-Field, Freeskate, Ice Dancing and Pairs Skating. A skater must pass their Moves-in-the-Field test at each level before progressing onto their Freeskate test. The test levels are as follows: Pre-Preliminary, Preliminary, Pre-Juvenile, Juvenile, Intermediate, Novice, Junior and Senior.
Due to ice availability, and judge’s schedules, test sessions are usually held during the day. A skater who would like to take a test must complete a test application (www.eicfsc.com), be a member “in good standing” with their club and have the application signed by both the skater’s coach and parent. The test application and test fee are mailed to the test chair by the posted deadline. A late fee will be charged if this form is not received by the posted deadline. Test fees are used to cover USFS and TCFSA fees, ice costs, hospitality and mileage for the judges.
USFS rules state that any skater wishing to retry a failed test must wait at least 27 days between test dates.
Eagan Ice Crystal Figure Skating Club does not pay for pins for testers that pass a USFS test at a club other than Eagan.
Guidelines for Skaters at Test Time
Arrive at the arena at least 45 minutes ahead of your scheduled warm up time, ready to skate.
Dress neatly. The skater should consult with their coach as to appropriate attire.
The test chair will tell you when and where to begin your warm-up. You may receive coaching during the warm-up.
At the completion of your test, remain on the ice, by the boards, until the judge-in-charge dismisses you. Occasionally, the judges may feel an element is pulling down the score of an otherwise passing test and you will be given the opportunity to “re-skate” that element.
When the test is complete the judges will hand the test papers to the test chair. Copies are made and distributed to the skater. If possible, thank the judges at the end of the test.