It’s time to put your new knowledge into action! You learned about the ISU Judging System in Scoring 101, you became an expert on the Grade of Execution in Scoring 102 and you discovered more about quality performances in Scoring 103 Program Components.

Before you begin actual scoring, check the Scoring Skate Bag for further details about all the nitty-gritties you need. Print them out so you have them handy for reference. You’ll need them!

  1. The Scale of Values including how values can be increased with Levels of  Difficulty
  2. Skating Terms
  3. Factors
  4. Fan Scoring Sheets

We are so excited you’ve made it this far – and now it is time for you to spread your new scoring wings and skate solo!  We will still be here to answer questions, but let’s see how you do on your own.

Here is the plan:

  1. Find out which event is next at   
  2. Print the Skate Canada Fan Scoring Sheet for the event you are about to watch – numbers of sheets according to competitors you want to score
  3. Note the top international scores of the season and the top Canadian scores
  4. Using the Scale of Vales from Scoring 101 and Skating Terms, see if you can identify the element as you watch, write it into the box, check on its base value from the Scale of Values and fill that in the box beside
  5. Add the comments you would provide the skater just like a real Judge
  6. Assign your GOE adjustment based on the quality of element – Scoring 102
  7. Assign your Program Components scores – Scoring 103
  8. Follow the steps from Scoring 101 to arrive at the skater’s final score
  9. After the event, visit the Start Orders and Results link near the 2009 ISU World Figure Skating Championship event logo at to see how the ISU Judges rated each performance and compare those results with your own

Some advice to begin.

Once a skater starts their program, elements come fast and furiously. At the beginning, you likely won’t be able to identify more than one or two, let alone the entire program. No worries, take it one element at a time. It took our judges years of training to identify and evaluate them all in one shot. Practise, be patient, and study – it will pay off. And remember, these are just the basics. Start with one or two elements and build from there. If you get close to the official scores, congratulations, even the official judges don’t always agree.

We hope you enjoy this new Skate Canada initiative. We’re confident that with time and practice you’ll become an ISU Judging System guru.  Though this is a pilot project, your feedback will tell us if this is a medal-winning performance, if you are enjoying it, and should we work to develop it further.  Should you have any questions and comments, please email us at


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