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, 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.
U.S. Figure Skating tests are offered in the following:
The level you enter in competitions is determined by your highest Free Skate test passed. And you are required to pass your Moves in the Field test of that same level before you can test your Free Skate of that same level.
Some rinks divide freestyle sessions by test levels. When registering for a skating camp or clinic, skaters may also be divided by test level. Plus, each U.S. Figure Skating test that you pass goes on your member record and is a lifelong achievement that you carry with you.
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!
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.
This is another deep dive! In this video we examine Peyton's passing Preliminary Moves in the Field Standard Test.
Peyton tested her Preliminary Moves seven months after passing her Pre-Preliminary Moves 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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