Commonly Asked Figure Skating Questions  -
When reviewing the required elements of a free skating test, the judges determine that one element was missing or not performed as required. What options are open to the judges?

If the technical and presentation quality of the program exceeds the standard for passing, the judges have the option to take a deduction for the missed or a poorly performed element and pass the test without requesting a reskate.

This decision is reflected by an adjustment of lowering the technical mark.

The total score must equal or exceed the minimum score to pass the test.

Once a reskate has been requested, the element must be performed at a passing level or the test fails.

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

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