Have been reading posts about ice testing system......On roller (back when I skated in the 80s) there weren't any tests. Basically, it went by age up to sophmore. If you medaled at Regonals, then you moved up to Junior/Senior. Otherwise, you stayed in Sophmore. After a while, they added A and B events so the "beginner" skaters would be separated from the others to make it more "fair".......(ie. Freshman A or Freshman B).
Ice is very interested in testing. I know that people will immediately jump to defense of the system by stating that the basics need to be maintained etc. but WHY? I mean seriously....WHY? Why not let skaters put together programs that showcase their strengths and let the judges decide? Admittedly, you might get a "jumper" or "artist" (cortionist with excellent edge quality and poorer jumps). But then that is individuality. Right now, the skaters have so many requirements that they all seem to be doing the same thing and look like robots or carbon copies of each other (only skating to different music). :sheesh:
Don't attack idea out of hand just to defend system. Seriously. What whould it be like if there weren't any tests/requirements?