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Free Skating Test Elements
Pre-Preliminary Freestyle
Most skaters perform this test as a program without music.
There is not time requirement.
This test is a "Pass" or "Retry" 
Two different elements may be retried if necessary.
Jumps Waltz Jump  (Definition)                           Waltz Jump  Lesson Plan
Salchow Jump  (Definition)                       Salchow Jump  Lesson Plan   
Toe Loop Jump  (Definition)                     Toe Loop Jump  Lesson Plan    
Half flip (land on either foot)  Half Flip Jump (Definition)             Half Flip Jump  (Lesson Plan)
Half Lutz (land on either foot)  Half Lutz Jump (Definition)         Half Lutz Jump  (Lesson Plan)
Spins One-foot spin (minimum 3 revolutions) optional freeleg position toward knee level  Upright Spin (Lesson Plan)

Preliminary Freestyle
The duration of this test is about 1 min +/- 30 sec. +/- 10 sec.
Passing Total is 5.0
Passing average is 2.5.
Two different elements may be retried if necessary
Jumps Waltz Jump  (Definition)                           Waltz Jump  (Lesson Plan)
Salchow Jump  (Definition)                       Salchow Jump  (Lesson Plan)   
Loop Jump  (Definition)                            Loop Jump  (Lesson Plan)    
Flip Jump  (Definition)                              Flip Jump  (Lesson Plan)  
Combos Waltz-Toe Loop combination jump
Spins One-foot upright spin (optional free foot) (minimum 3 revolutions)  Upright Spin (Lesson Plan)
One-foot backspin (entry optional) (minimum 3 revolutions) BackUpright Spin (Lesson Plan)
Sit spin (recognizable sit position) (minimum 3 revolutions)  Forward Sit Spin  (Lesson Plan)
Moves Connecting moves and steps should be demonstrated throughout the program

Pre-Juvenile Freestyle
The duration of this test is 2:00 minutes +/- 10 sec.
Passing Total is 5.4
Passing average is 2.7
Two different elements may be retried if necessary
Jumps Loop Jump  (Definition)                            Loop Jump  (Lesson Plan)   
Flip Jump  (Definition)                              Flip Jump  (Lesson Plan)
Lutz Jump  (Definition)                             Lutz Jump  (Lesson Plan)  
Combos Jump combo with choice of above with a loop jump. The loop jump must be the second jump.
Spins Camel spin (minimum 3 revolutions)     Camel Spin   (Lesson Plan)
Camel to sit spin combo (no change of foot) (min 6 total revolutions) 
Camel change to Sit Spin  (Lesson Plan)
Front scratch to back scratch combo - exit on spinning foot (minimum 4 revolutions/foot)   Forward Upright to Back Upright Spin    (Lesson Plan)
Moves Connecting moves and steps should be demonstrated throughout the program

Juvenile Freestyle Test
The duration of this test is about 2 :15 sec. +/- 10 sec.
Passing total is 6.0
Passing average is 3.0
Two different elements may be retried if necessary
Jumps 3 different singles, one of which must be an Axel Jump (Definition)     
One jump from: split, stag, falling leaf, half loop  Split Jump
Combos Jump combo with 2 singles
Spins Forward sit spin (minimum 4 revolutions) Forward Sit Spin  (Lesson Plan)
(Ladies) Layback or Attitude spin (minimum 4 revolutions)  Layback Spin   (Lesson Plan)
(Men) Forward camel (min 4 revolutions)    Camel Spin   (Lesson Plan)
Spin combo with 1 change of foot; change of position is optional. Must include one of the following positions: camel, sit or attitude (min 4 revolutions/foot)
Moves Connecting moves consisting of spirals, strong edges, etc should be demonstrated throughout the program

Intermediate Freestyle
The duration of this test is about 2 :30 sec. +/- 10 sec.
Passing total is 6.4
Passing average is 3.2
Two different elements may be retried if necessary
Jumps One (1) Axel Jump (Definition)    
One (1) double jump: double Salchow, double toe loop
Combos One (1) Jump combination with 2 single jumps
(no turn or change of foot between jumps)
Once (1) Jump combination with (single and double) or (2 doubles)
(no turn or change of foot between jumps)
Spins Flying spin (minimum 5 revolutions in position)  Flying Camel Spin (Lesson Plan)
Spin combo with at least 1 change of foot and at least 1 change of position (minimum 4 revolutions/foot)  
Steps One step sequence straight line, circular or serpentine, fully utilizing the ice surface.

Novice Freestyle
Duration Ladies 3 :00 minutes +/- 10 sec.      Men 3:30 +/- 10 sec.
Passing total is 7.0
Passing average is 3.5
Two different elements may be retried if necessary
Jumps Double Salchow
Double toe loop
Double loop
Combos Jump combo with 2 double jumps
(no turn or change of foot between jumps)
Spins Choice of camel, sit, or layback (minimum 6 revolutions)
Camel to back camel spin combo (minimum 4 revolutions/foot)
Spin combo with 1 change of foot and 1 change of position (minimum 5 revolutions/foot)
Moves Straight-line step sequence consisting of steps and turns in the field such as threes, brackets, spirals and spread eagles, etc
Connecting moves should be demonstrated throughout the program

Junior Freestyle
Duration Ladies 3 :30  +/- 10 sec.        Men 4:00 minutes +/- 10 sec.
Passing total is 8.0
Passing average is 4.0
Two different elements may be retried if necessary
Jumps At least 3 different double jumps; one of which must be a double flip.
Combos 1 combo with 2 double jumps
1 sequence with small jumps followed by any double jump
Spins Flying sit spin or flying change (reverse) sit spin (minimum 6 revolutions)
Layback or crossfoot spin (min 6 revs)
Spin combo with 3 positions and 1 change of foot (min 5 revolutions/foot)
Moves Circular step sequence of advanced difficulty, covering the ice surface, consisting of steps and turns in the field such as spread eagles, spiral combinations, 3-turns, brackets, etc
Connecting moves should be demonstrated throughout the program

Senior Freestyle
Duration Ladies 4 :00 minutes +/- 10 sec.          Men 4:30 +/- 10 sec.
Passing total is 9.0
Passing average is 4.5
Two different elements may be retried if necessary
Jumps At least 4 different double or triple jumps; one of which must be a double Lutz.  If the skater elects to perform triple jumps, only 1 may be repeated in combinations or jump sequences
Combos 2 different jump combinations with (2 double jumps) or (a double and a triple)
Spins At least 4 different spins (min 6 revolutions for solos)
1 must be flying spin
1 must be spin combo with at least 2 positions and at least 1 change of foot (min 10 total revolutions)
Moves Serpentine step sequence of very advanced difficulty with complex sequences of turns in the field that cover the entire ice surface and include counters and rockers
Connecting moves should be demonstrated throughout the program

    Each free skating test receives two marks – one mark for Technical Elements and one mark for a Performance that is “Well Balanced”. The program is skated to a musical selection chosen by the skater to meet a specified length of time as required for the test level.  The ability to perform the elements to the music is an important criteria that is evaluated.

    The test program must demonstrate all required elements in order to be passed. Two required elements may be reskated.  A more difficult element can not be substituted for a required element.

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References:

ISU Figure Skating Judging

The International Judging System (IJS)

IJS Judging Criteria
  

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