Skating Fridays

Intermediate Test Results


Earlier this month, I took the Intermediate Moves in the Field Test (adult passing standard). I felt pretty good in the morning and had a good 30 minute practice before the test session. Surprisingly, I was fairly calm before the test and tried my best to be in the moment.

I walked off the ice feeling pretty good. The judges (3 of them) did not ask me to reskate anything, and the coaches that talked to me afterwards said that my moves looked strong. However, I guess the judges disagreed. Two of the three judges did not pass me, and one passed me with a +4. What’s surprising is that another judge failed me with a -4. That’s an 8 point spread!

Don’t worry, I’m not going to wallow in self-pity. I’ll get it next time. It’s just strange how two judges can have two very different opinions on the same test. And in the end it’s just that – an opinion.

The positive outlook on this is that I now have several more months to strengthen these moves before I test them again.



  1. October 2, 2020 / 3:11 pm

    Whoa, that’s quite spread of scores! It’s so great that you got out there, though. I hope you got some useful feedback in addition to those contradictory marks.

    • evabakes
      October 2, 2020 / 3:51 pm

      Yes – I always appreciate the feedback, even if it’s contradictory. It’s good to know what the judges are looking for. Next time!

  2. George A
    October 2, 2020 / 6:16 pm

    Chin up. I’ve had split judges and later passed. So shall you!

    • evabakes
      October 3, 2020 / 6:46 am

      Thank you for the encouragement, George!

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