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Suppose you or your child recently started taking private lessons in figure skating. In that case, your coach or other skaters may have mentioned testing or suggested that you begin working on Moves in the Field, Skating Skills, Pre-Preliminary, or sometimes your “first test.”
The test structure can be confusing to those new to figure skating, but it is one of the most critical aspects of figure skating.
U.S. Figure Skating’s test structure may be compared to karate and the process of earning belts until they achieve their black belt. There are either six or eight test levels in each figure skating discipline. The highest level test is either Senior or Gold.
The test structure is the national standard by which you are measured through your entire skating journey. In other words, testing is a simple check. It's where you demonstrate your full understanding of trained skills and prove that you're ready to move on to the next level.
The level you enter in competitions is determined by your highest Singles (Free Skate) test passed.
You are required to pass your Skating Skills (Moves in the Field) test of that same level before you can test your Singles (Free Skate) of that same level.
Some rinks divide freestyle sessions by test levels. Skaters may also be divided by test level when registering for a skating camp or clinic. Plus, each U.S. Figure Skating test you pass goes on your member record and is a lifelong achievement you carry with you.
Shirley Chen, Skater
Every skater develops at their own pace and time to will vary from skater to skater!
PSA Ratings are an assurance that a coach is technically qualified to instruct at the level in which they are rated.
Coach Aimée Ricca has a PSA Registered Rating in Moves in the Field / Skating Skills. This means that she has passed a verbal rating exam on Pre-Preliminary, Preliminary, Adult Pre-Bronze, and Adult Bronze Moves in front of a panel of PSA Master Rated coaches and is technically qualified to coach at these levels.
Coach Aimée has coached many skaters successfully at these levels. She knows what it takes to pass and what the judges are looking for!
Critiques are useful in getting additional feedback before submitting a test or receiving a Retry.
Coach Aimée currently offers critiques for Pre-Preliminary, Preliminary, Adult Pre-Bronze, and Adult Bronze.
Lina B., Skating Parent
Adult Pre-Bronze or Pre-Preliminary Singles Free Skate?
My skater, Monica, passed her US Figure Skating Adult Pre-Bronze Free Skate as a Virtual Test. I take a deep dive into the test and explain the requirements for Adult Pre-Bronze as compared to the Standard Track Pre-Preliminary Free Skate test and review the judging form with you.
If you're deciding if you should take the Adult Pre-Bronze or Pre-Preliminary Free Skate test, you don't want to miss this one!
The formal U.S. Figure skating testing structure is much different from Learn to Skate USA group lessons evaluations!
Instead of your coach evaluating you, you will be performing the moves in front of official U.S. Figure Skating judges. These judges will be marking your test against the established standards and expectations.
This testing structure can be confusing to those new to figure skating, but it is one of the most critical aspects of figure skating. So I explain it all in this video!
Review my skater's PPM Virtual Test, including the Judges Remarks and my commentary.
This is a deep dive into the Pre-Preliminary Moves in the Field Standard test.
In this video, we review my skater Peyton's passing Pre-Preliminary Moves in the Field test that was taken virtually in January of 2021.
At the time of the test, Peyton had been skating for two years with me as her coach.
This video documents the first in-person test session that my skaters have tested at since March 2020.
We review Monica's Adult Pre-Bronze Moves in the Field 50+ passing test and Shirley's Pre-Preliminary Moves Standard passing test.
At the time of this test, Shirley had only been skating for six months, and Monica had recently returned to skating after a decades-long hiatus.
What does it take to pass your Preliminary Moves in the Field (Skating Skills)test? In this deep dive,
I'll show you how this skater passed with a +3 after getting a RETRY, so that you can prepare for passing your own Preliminary test!
My skater, Angelica, passed her US Figure Skating Adult Pre-Bronze Moves in the Field WITH HONORS as a Virtual Test.
I take a very DEEP DIVE into the test and explain each move, the skating skills required, standards and expectations, techniques to execute them and review the judging form with you.
My skater, Monica, passed her US Figure Skating Adult Bronze Moves in the Field as a Virtual Test 50+.
I take a very deep dive into the test and explain each move, the standards, and expectations, techniques to execute them and review the judging form with you.
If you're preparing for your USFSA Adult Bronze Moves test, you don't want to miss this one!
This is another deep dive! This video examines Peyton's passing Preliminary Moves in the Field Standard Test.
Peyton tested her Preliminary Moves seven months after passing her Pre-Preliminary Moves test.
Kaitlyn just passed her Adult Pre-Bronze Moves in the Field test. Next year, this will be called Skating Skills. How did we get from Figures to Moves to Skating Skills, and what does it take to pass an adult figure skating test? How does it compare to Pre-Preliminary moves in the field test? What is it like taking a virtual figure skating test?
There have been a number of rule changes from U.S. Figure Skating for the 2021-2022 season that began on July 1, 2021!
Will Virtual Testing continue?
Have there been changes to the Retry timeline?
Find out what you need to know for this year!
I've created Moves in the Field worksheets where you and your coach can review your progress concerning each of the moves in the field patterns as well as the test standards and expectations.
I initially created these worksheets for the skaters that I coach. However, because I saw a need for them, I decided to offer them to every skater!
These worksheets provide you with a Moves in the Field checklist that can assist you in practicing on your own and while in lessons with your coach:
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