Understanding Tests and Levels

This section outlines the testing structure and pathways for ice skating, for recreational as well as competitive skaters.

ISA Figure skating tests begin at the Preliminary level and end with the Senior level tests.

In order to compete at a certain level, skaters must pass the test that is at the level at which the skater wishes to compete. For example, in order to compete in Basic Novice A or B, skaters must pass the Basic Novice Pattern and Program tests.

Adult Skaters are required to complete a pattern test for the level they are competing at.  However there are no technical test requirements.


Basic Novice

Advanced Novice



Ice Dance

Competitive Ice Dance Tests

Basic Novice Competitive Dance Test

Intermediate Novice Competitive Dance Test

Advanced Novice Competitive Dance Test

Junior Competitive Dance Test

Senior Competitive Dance Test

Recreational Ice Dance Tests

Preliminary Pattern Dance (Recreational) Test

Elementary Pattern Dance (Recreational) Test

Basic Novice Pattern Dance (Recreational) Test

Intermediate Novice Pattern Dance (Recreational) Test

Advanced Novice Pattern Dance (Recreational) Test

Junior Pattern Dance (Recreational) Test

Senior Bronze Pattern Dance (Recreational) Test

Senior Silver Pattern Dance (Recreational) Test

Senior Gold
Pattern Dance (Recreational) Test

Solo Ice Dance Tests

Preliminary Solo Ice Dance Test

Elementary Solo Ice Dance Test

Basic Novice Solo Ice Dance Test

Intermediate Novice Solo Ice Dance Test

Advanced Novice Solo Ice Dance Test

Junior Solo Ice Dance Test

Senior Solo Ice Dance Test

Ice Dance Patterns

01 - Fourteenstep

02 - Foxtrot

03 - Rocker Foxtrot

04 - Tea-Time Foxtrot

05 - Ten Fox

06 - Swing Dance

07 - Dutch Waltz

08 - Willow Waltz

09 - European Waltz

10 - American Waltz

11 - Westminster Waltz

12 - Viennese Waltz

13 - Austrian Waltz

14 - Starlight Waltz

15 - Ravensburger Waltz

16 - Golden Waltz

17 - Hickory Hoedown

18 - Kilian

19 - Maple Leaf March

20 - Yankee Polka

21 - Quickstep

22 - Finnstep

23 - Paso Doble

24 - Rhumba

25 - Rhumba D'Amor

26 - Cha Cha Congelado

27 - Silver Samba

28 - Tango Fiesta

29 - Tango Canasta

30 - Tango

31 - Argentine Tango

32 - Tango Romantica

33- Rhythm Blues

34 - Blues

35 - Midnight Blues

A - Cha Cha

B - Ten-Fox

C - Riverside Rhumba


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