The other thread got me thinking. I know what the USFSA offers adults in the way of testing - what does the ISI do?
the USFSA has:
4 adult moves in the field tests
4 adult freestyle tests
4(?) adult dance tests (that include multiple dances on each)
Adult figures tests (although I have heard that those are going away - I don't know).
You must have passed the MIF test at any level where you want to take a freestyle test. This encourages the development of strong skating skills, and in fact replaced the figures requirement of my childhood.
The adult tests combine parts of the first 4 or 5 standard tests, and the elements chosen were based on an average adult's ability, not an average kid's ability. For example, the highest jump on an adult test is the axel.
For freestlye competitions, there are actually 5 levels because skaters who have passed the Intermediate freestyle or above will compete at Masters (although in non-adult competitions they are usually put with the Golds because of the low numbers of competitors).
Then, if we pass all of the adult tests, we can cross over to the standard track - in fact that is what I did when I took my Intermediate Moves in the Field test.
I understand that the ISI does not have an adult-focused system. Is that correct? If I were to want to compete at an ISI event, would I have to compete at Freestyle 6, even though I can no longer do all of the elements on the test? I really am curious because I've wondered if I could compete at my old childhood rink's annual ISI competition.