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The tests refresh project, approved by the 2017 Governing Council, goes into effect Sept. 2, 2018. New test forms will be used for all tests starting Sept. 2, 2018.

In this phase, the following changes will occur:
1. A marking transition from the 6.0 scale to a mark on a -3 to +3 scale.
2. Two new passing categories will be added: “pass with honors” and “pass with distinction.” To earn honors or distinction, a majority of the panel must mark the test at that level or higher. For example, in a three-judge panel, if the results were pass, honors and distinction, the overall result would be honors.
3. Three marks, elements, skating and program, will now be used for singles free skate, pairs and free dance tests. For pattern dance tests, the three marks are technique, timing and expression.
4. The serious error restriction rules, which mandated a retry test result, will be removed, allowing judges to use their judgment about the composite of the test while taking into account the prevalence and severity of error to determine the test result.
A handbook for tests is now available. This resource is all encompassing and includes the new changes referred to above. To download this handbook click here.

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