Test Information

How Tests Work:

StarSkaters and Competitive Skaters may advance through the Skate Canada Testing program in several areas:

  • Freeskate
  • Skills
  • Dance
  • Interpretive

It takes many years of hard work to complete all the test levels.

Low and High Tests

Tests are divided into

Low Tests        

  • Preliminary to Junior Silver Freeskate
  • Preliminary to Junior Silver Skills
  • Preliminary to Senior Bronze Dance
  • All Interpretive


and High Tests 

  • Senior Silver and Gold Freeskate
  • Senior Silver and Gold Skills
  • Junior Silver,  Senior Silver, Gold and Diamond  Dance: because of partnering availability  and      Judges' qualifications

    Low Tests are done on home club ice and require ice cancellations throughout the skating year. Test days are usually scheduled every few months. Sometimes skaters test at other clubs' low test days.

    High Tests are centralized, which means that skaters from throughout the BC Coast Region are expected to travel to designated club rinks in the Lower Mainland to do their tests.

    Over two hundred tests can be submitted for designated High Test weekends, and the Chairperson for the Test Bureau is responsible for deciding how these tests will be scheduled on the ice provided. A schedule will be sent to the coaches for distribution, and posted on the Download Documents page of this website, under "Tests". Skaters and their parents must be prepared to be available on whichever day their particular tests are scheduled. Over 1,000 high tests are conducted each year in the BC Coast Region!

    Proper skating attire, skating dress or competition outfit is mandatory for all tests.

    Volunteers are used to coordinate and run the test days. Did you know that the judges are volunteers too?

Test Applications

All registration for High Tests is now done online at: http://www.coastregistry.com/tests/bccoast

Registration and payment must be completed by the set deadline. Part of the fee goes to Skate Canada and the remaining fee goes to the host club or the BC Coast Test Bureau to pay for running the tests.

According to Skate Canada rules, once an application goes in on the due date, money cannot be refunded. A missed test is recorded as a retry.

Tests done at Competitions

Some tests may be taken at competitions. See the Competition Announcement for information about whether testing is available. No testing is done at Championship events (Sections or BC Coast).

There are two different panels of judges watching the skater at a competition – the competition and the test judge or judges (many tests are completed by a single judge). One will be judging the skater for the competition, and the other will evaluate the skater using test criteria. To test at a competition means the skater must skate in the level above what she/he has already passed. This is called “skating up”.

Registration for testing at competitions is also done online, and is a separate process from the registration for the competition itself.

Test Results

Skaters will know if they passed or need to retry their test(s) by the end of the test day or competition. Coaches will receive the test sheets with the evaluator’s marks and comments shortly after the test day, and will review the sheets with their skaters.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Penny Nicholas ( grizzbc3@telus.net )  

The Qualifying Event structure

There are several opportunities throughout the season for skaters to participate in competitive events. Skaters must have passed certain competitive tests and meet specific age requirements to be eligible to compete.

The Skate Canada Competitive Program offers nationally standardized competitions to competitive skaters. These events are the stepping stones to other Skate Canada programs such as the Junior and Senior National Teams and the World and Olympic teams. Skaters competing in the qualifying event structure can do so at the Pre-Novice, Novice, Junior and Senior levels in Singles, Pairs and Dance.