How do you read a report card?

CPC report cards look like a bunch of numbers and letters and don’t really make much sense if you don’t know how to read them. To better understand what you’re looking at on a report card, first, see What is a GOE? and What are PC scores?

Click here to see some report cards to look at and follow along with the first report card. The very top of a report card tells you the competition, the category, the flight number, and the date. The next line has the ranking, the skater’s name, their home club, their element score, their PC score, bonuses, deductions, and the overall score.

The next section is the elements. Laura had 10 elements, all listed down the side. The next column is base value meaning what the element is worth based on difficulty. Click here to see base values for all the elements. The next column is the GOE. It is the number value that is added or deducted from the base value based on the judge’s scores which are shown in the next few columns. For element number 3, the double Lutz, Laura received a negative one from all three judges, bringing the value of the jump down by 0.30. The base value of the double Lutz is 2.10, subtract 0.30 for the GOE, and the score is 1.80 altogether for that element.

The judges are listed at the top of this section. You may notice that J1 and J2 are all on the left and then on the right is JREF. This stands for Judge/Referee. Sometimes the referee of the event is also a judge and sometimes the referee is only the referee when there are 3 or more judges available.

Next is the legend. An x next to an element means credit for second half. This only applies to higher levels of skating when programs are longer and performing a jump in the second half of the program is more difficult because the skater would be more tired. * means invalid element. This would be a jump or spin that is not allowed at that level. e means that a Flip or a Lutz was taken off of from the incorrect edge. ! means it was only slightly taken off of on the incorrect edge. The second ! only applies to dance. REP means a jump was repeated twice and the second jump was not in combination. V means spin requirement not met. Usually, when you see a V, it is on a flying spin and it means that the position was not attained within two revolutions after landing. < means under rotated by more than a quarter rotation but less than a half rotation. << means downgraded. This means that the jump was under rotated by more than half a rotation and it then receives the base value of a jump of one less rotation. For example, a double flip downgraded receives the base value of a single flip. The second << only applies to dance.

Next is the Program Component section. The Program Components are listed down the left side. Next column is the amount by which the scores are multiplied based on importance of each component. Next columns are the judges’ PC scores. To determine the overall score for each component, they take the trimmed mean of the judges’ scores (when there are 5 or more judges) and multiply it by the factor. For Transitions/Linking footwork, Laura received a 4.00, a 2.50, and a 3.50. The average of those scores is 3.33 repeating. 3.33 repeating multiplied by 0.75 is 2.50.

The last section of the report card is deductions. This would include falls that were not within an element, costume violations, or time violations.

Use this information while looking at the other report cards in the .pdf file to help you get to know all the symbols and their meaning.