Traverse City Skating Club Test Sessions
Four times each year the Traverse City Figure Skating Club hosts U.S. Figure Skating testing sessions. We welcome skaters from outside clubs, as well as TCFSC members. Check out our Recent News for updates on our next test session. Click Here to download a testing form.
If you’re visiting beautiful Traverse City from out-of-town here are a few local links that might be helpful:
Centre Ice Arena | for info about our rink
Grand Traverse Hotel/Motel Association website | for area accommodations
Mealtickets & Unusual Ideas | for info on restaurants, wineries and other day trips
Cherry Capital Airport | for those flying into Traverse City
About U.S. Figure Skating Tests and Skating Levels
(From U.S. Figure Skating website)
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.
Tests are marked on a “pass” or “retry” basis. Some tests have numeric marks associated with them that determine if the test is a “pass” or “retry.” These are used to establish a “passing” average, and judges use this number as a basis for the quality of the test. Different tests have different standards for “pass” and “retry,” along with different procedures for reskating elements in a test. For details, candidates should consult the rulebook for the particular test to be taken. If a test is marked “retry” a skater may not retake the test prior to the 27th day following the date of the original test.
For all tests other than adult and masters tests, age is not a factor. To qualify for an adult test, the candidate must be 21 years of age or older. To qualify for masters tests, the candidate must be 50 years of age or older.
Kinds of Tests
There are several classes of tests in the U.S. Figure Skating structure:
1. Moves in the field (standard track and adult)
2. Free skate (or free skating) (standard track and adult)
3. Pairs (standard track and adult)
4. Compulsory Dance (standard track, solo, adult and masters)
5. Free dance (standard track and masters)
The order in which tests are taken is important. According to TR 2.02 in the U.S. Figure Skating 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.
Further description of the elements of each test is available in the U.S. Figure Skating rulebook.
TCFSC generally hosts 4 USFS test sessions per year. USFS judges are credentialed to evaluate specific types of tests and specific testing levels. TCFSC arranges for the appropriate USFS officials to travel to Traverse City for each test session. TCFSC most often offers testing opportunities in Moves in the Field, Free Skate, and Compulsory Dance. Other tests could be available if there is interest and if the appropriate USFS judges are available. Please contact the TCFSC Test Chair for further information.
Moves in the Field and Free skate test levels:
To be eligible to take a particular level of free skate test, the skater must have passed the same level or higher test in moves in the field (i.e. to take the pre-preliminary free skate test, the skater must have passed the pre-preliminary moves in the field test or a higher moves in the field test)
Compulsory Dance Tests
The skater must pass all of the dances in one level before moving on to the next higher level.
- Dutch Waltz
- Canasta Tango
- Rhythm Blues
- Swing Dance
- Cha Cha
- Fiesta Tango
- Hickory Hoedown
- Willow Waltz
- Ten Fox
- European Waltz
- American Waltz
- Rocker Foxtrot
- Paso Doble
- Starlight Waltz
- Viennese Waltz
- Westminster Waltz
- Argentine Tango
- Austrian Waltz
- Cha Cha Congelado
- Golden Waltz
- Midnight Blues
- Ravensburger Waltz
- Silver Samba
- Tango Romantica
- Yankee Polka
Judges Panel Test Forms
Rulebook Order Form (PDF)
Structure of U.S. Figure Skating (PDF)