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. 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
Cody Figure skaters take the following path, hoping to become United States Figure Skating Gold Medalists - which is the highest honor given to a figure skater and takes years of hard work and dedication.
BASIC LEVELS 1 - 6
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FREESKATE Levels 1-6
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Click on individual links to download test requirements for each adv skating level.
(Moves In the Field - mitf)
(Freeskate - fs)
There are five different disciplines in which skaters test:
Moves in the field is a basic skating skills progression. Each test level has several set patterns of turns, edges, spirals and steps that get progressively more difficult.
Free skating and pairs tests require skaters to perform a program with jumps, spins and step sequences.
In order to test a specific level of free skating or pairs test, skaters must first pass the corresponding moves in the field test.
The ice dance and solo dance structures require skaters to perform three to four set pattern dances per level.
The free dance and solo free dance tracks require a skater to perform a free dance to test up a level.
There are specific levels designated for adults age 21 and older, but adults may also choose to test and compete at standard levels.
Senior - FS
Note: you cannot progress to your next test up in FS until you have passed the corresponding MITF test.
However, you can go all the way up the MITF test ladder without ever taking a FS test.
USFSA Testing Levels