Test and Competition Levels:
Figure skating tests begin at the Pre-Preliminary level and end with the Senior level tests. In order to compete at a certain level, skaters must pass the test that is at the level the skater wishes to compete at. For example, in order to compete in Intermediate Pairs, skaters must pass the Intermediate Moves in the Field and Intermediate Pairs tests.
Once a skater passes a test for a specific level, he or she cannot compete below that level. Test requirements are usually easier than what is required for competition.