Commonly Asked Figure Skating Questions  -
What is a reasonable timeline to achieve a gold free skating test?

A timetable the excludes the beginning phase as starts with the time to pass the Pre-pre Free Skating test through passing the Senior Free Skating test is eight to ten years assuming starting at age 8 and passes an average of one test per year until the Intermediate level and longer for the Novice through Senior Free Skating Test.

The time to pass a test depends on native talent of the skater, the frequency of the weekly practice, and lessons
schedule, plus the motivation and focus of the skater to adhere to an establish timetable.

Unfortunately some skaters quickly pass the lower levels of tests, but never seem to take the time to correct the errors which judges note on their tests.  Passing tests at a minimum level of skills eventually creates a situation in which the skater reaches a point in which their technical skills are not sufficient to pass a test. Many skaters reach this "stonewall" at the Novice or Junior Free Skating level.

The Novice, Junior, and Senior Free Skating tests can take 12 to 24 months to acquire and develop the skills necessary to reach a passing level.

Even if skaters the proper conditions to succeed, not everyone can pass a Senior Free Skating test no matter how long they've skated or how much they practice because of the obstacle presented by the required multi-revolution jumps.

Submitted by Claude Sweet
USFS Gold MITF, Free Skating, Pair, and International Dance test judge; Intermediate Figure judge.

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