StarSkaters are tested individually by external judges at “Low Test” days. We host a Low Test day at the end of most skating sessions. If we do not have enough skaters testing to host a test, your coach can help you test at another club.
NEXT TEST DAY: February 28th, 2018 (Low/High) Judge: Joanne Nickel At: Trout Lake
DEADLINE : Low Test – through Test Chair – TBD
Completed forms with payment can be given to any Board Member.
PREVIOUS TEST DAY RESULTS:
CATEGORIES of Low Test:
- Freeskate – Preliminary to Junior Silver
- Skills – Preliminary to Junior Silver
- Dance Preliminary to Senior Bronze
- Interpretive – All (Introductory, Bronze, Silver, Gold)
Your coach will advise the skater if they will take a test. The skater/parent must then complete a “Low Test Application” for the recommended tests, and submit the application and fees to the Test Chair one week before the scheduled test. The form must be signed by the coach to make sure the application is for the correct tests.
For Dance Tests the partner will generally be your coach, but please confirm that with him/her! Sometimes a dance partner is brought in form outside the club. They will charge a fee for their time at the test.
Low Test Application GSC Test Application Form
There is a fee for each test (generally $12) plus an administration fee (generally $8) for category of test. Part of this cost goes to Skate Canada and the rest covers the cost of administration.
(For example: One dance test = $12+$8 + one skills test = $12+$8 = Total $40 ; but Two dance tests = $12+ $12 + $8 = Total $32)
Information for NEW TEST SKATERS
- Generally, the skaters will first be tested in Dance. Each level of Dance has three “pattern” dances and the skater can be tested for one or two of these dances per semester. So, it is normal to take a year or more to complete a level.
- The Freeskate tests have two components: Elements and Freeskate. The Elements are various jumps, spins and field moves. The “Freeskate” is a short solo program. Often the elements and the “solo” will be started in the skaters first year in STARSkate, but it is normal that the Preliminary test not be done until the second year in STARSkate.
- Skills tests require the demonstration of several specific elements in a set pattern, focusing on edges, speed and strength. They replace what was once known as “Figures”. Skills testing will often not take place until the second year of STARSkate.
- Interpretive skating encourages the skater to explore musicality, expression, space and style and is tested as a “solo” routine that the skater prepares to their selection of music. The focus is on expression and skill, but not on technical elements like jumps or spins.
- Each of these categories has several levels. For example, for a Junior level skater, these levels will be “Preliminary” and then “Junior Bronze”.