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H - General Conduct and Evaluation of Tests in the STARSkate Program


  1. VIEWING OF TESTS: All tests shall be open to club members and their guests who may wish to watch, subject to the rights of the referee.
  2. MORE THAN ONE CANDIDATE FOR A TEST: When more than one candidate is taking a specific test the order of skating shall be drawn by lot by the Test Chair. This order shall remain the same for all portions of the test.
  3. THOSE PERMITTED ON THE ICE SURFACE: During a test only the candidate, coach and the officials shall be on the ice surface in use for the test and warm-up. The referee or evaluator may permit other persons on the ice surface at his or her discretion.
  4. WHEN COACHING IS AND IS NOT PERMITTED: A candidate is not permitted to receive coaching from the time he or she is called by the referee to skate his or her performance until its completion. Coaching is permissible between the performance of individual exercises, dances, or isolated elements. Coaching shall be interpreted as meaning communication, verbal or otherwise, between the candidate and any other person except the referee. This shall not apply to a partner of a candidate trying a dance or pair test. The referee may disqualify a candidate who violates this rule and may bar from the rink any person who disregards it.
  5. SITUATION WHERE NO SPECIFIC RULE APPLIES: When a situation arises which is not covered by a specific test rule then an appropriate competition rule with necessary modifications shall apply.
  6. CANDIDATE WITH A PHYSICAL DISABILITY: A candidate with a physical disability may request exemption from certain technical rules on the basis that such rule penalizes them in the marking of the test and that such rule is peripheral to the skating skill to be demonstrated. Application shall be made in writing to the Section Evaluators/Judges Chairman on behalf of the candidate by the candidate's home club, and shall be supported by suitable medical or other testimony that specifically relates the nature of the disability to the rule(s) in question.
  7. TEST SESSION: A test session is a period of time during which tests are evaluated. A test session can be a few hours on the same day in one rink or it can be divided over several days and ice surfaces. Regardless of the format, skaters register only once for the same test at one test session.
  8. In the case when a pattern dance or free skating test is attempted in competition all applicable competition rules apply. When there is a conflict between test and competition rules, competition rules will apply.


A candidate may be permitted to reskate a portion of a test as provided for in the Technical Handbook.


There shall be no appeal from the ruling of the evaluator/referee in tests. In “single panel” tests, the referee and the judge are the same person.


  1. SCALE: In evaluating tests the following scale shall be used: Excellent – Good – Satisfactory – Needs Improvement
  2. SYSTEM OF CHECK MARKS: Evaluators will use a system of check marks to determine a candidate’s success level for each test. Elements in isolation are awarded a single check mark.
  3. TWO FOOTED MOVEMENTS: Unnecessary and prolonged movements executed on two feet must not be marked and should be penalized by the evaluators.)
  4. SOMERSAULT TYPE JUMPS: Somersault type jumps are forbidden and must be penalized by the evaluators.
  5. STOPS, FALLS, AND INTERFERENCE: See also General Technical Guidelines for all Competitions regarding Stops and Falls, and Interference as applicable.
  6. MARKING OF TESTS: The marking of tests is to be recorded by each evaluator on standard Association judging sheets using the system of evaluating as outlined in Evaluation of Tests above.
  7. VARIATION, RHYTHM AND INTERPRETIVE DANCES AND INTERPRETIVE COUPLES TESTS: Candidates for the Dance Variation, Bronze Rhythm Dance, Silver and Gold Interpretive Dances, and Interpretive couple's tests shall be evaluated/judged as a couple and only one set of marks will be awarded which will apply to both candidates, if applicable.
  8. WHERE A PARTNER IS NOT AFFECTED BY A FAILURE: A partner who has previously passed the test being tried is not affected by a failure in a subsequent test where he is acting only as a partner.
  9. PASSING REQUIREMENTS: For all evaluated tests the number of elements required to be Satisfactory or better in order to pass is listed. 
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