Figure skating in the U.S. can be either competitive or recreational, and those learning to skate can choose either route. While competitive skaters are required to participate in the U.S. testing structure to eventually compete in qualifying competitions, recreational skaters can also opt to take tests in order to continually challenge themselves and their abilities.
The official tests of U.S. Figure Skating may be taken by all figure skaters who are members of a member club or collegiate club, individual members who are currently registered with U.S. Figure Skating and are otherwise qualified under these rules, as well as by members of a member association of the ISU.
Test sessions can only be held under the auspices and control of a member club. Fees are involved and vary by club. Clubs do not need a sanction to hold a test session.
Sessions are organized and run under procedures outlined in the U.S. Figure Skating Rulebook. Any person who is interested in participating in the U.S. Figure Skating testing structure should review the U.S. Figure Skating Rulebook, which addresses information such as the types of tests offered, the elements on each test, how tests are marked, which judges are required, age requirements for different test categories and conduct of coaches and candidates at test sessions.
The order in which tests are taken is important. According to Rule 4002 in the rulebook: "A candidate shall not be eligible to take a higher-level test until all of the preceding tests in the same category have been passed or completed except as otherwise specified in these rules."
- All About U.S. Figure Skating Tests
- U.S. Figure Skating Competitive/Test Structure
- Test Sessions Calendar
Virtual Judging of Tests
New Jan. 1, 2021: To allow testing of moves in the field, free skate, pairs, pattern dance and free dance to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Directors has approved trying virtual judging on an interim basis from Jan. 1, 2021, through June 30, 2021. Virtual judging of tests is an option but is not required. Clubs that are able to hold test sessions safely and find enough judges are welcome to continue holding traditional in-person test sessions.
- Qualifications and Requirements are specified in Technical Notification 261
- Introductory Webinar Recording and Slides
- Q&A (updated Jan. 29, 2021)
- Sample affidavit: Word or PDF
- Sample invitation letter with requirements Word
- Instructions for video submission Word
- Instructions for video review and minimum requirements for judges' participation Word
- Name & Likeness Release and Consent for Tests Word
IJS Protocol for Test Credit
For some tests, skaters have the ability to use IJS protocols results from competitions to record as an official test record. Skaters are required to submit the necessary forms to the test chair of their club and follow the procedures put forth by the club for submission and payment. The test chair will enter the test for the skater’s official record.
- Test Forms
- Test Verification Form
- Permission Form to Test Away from Home Club
- Request for Test Credit for Foreign Tests
Information for Skaters
- Skater Checklist for Moves in the Field Tests
- MIF and FS Test Grandfathering Chart
- Figures Cross Over Chart — Standard to Adult
- Calendar for Retrying Tests
Information for Judges and Test Chairs
For more information on referees, please contact one of the U.S. Figure Skating representatives listed below.