What Is the Highest Score a Judge Can Award in Figure Skating?


There is no maximum score that a judge can award for technical components of a figure skating program, but the performance score maximum is 10.00.

After a series of controversies, the former scoring system, which was based on a 6.0 maximum for both technical and artistic components, was discarded and the current system devised. In the current system, a skater earns technical points for each element performed in a program. Skaters, therefore, are limited only by their own technical skills and the limitation of how many elements they can fit within the restricted time of their performance, which is currently 2 minutes and 50 seconds for the short program, 4 minutes 30 seconds for men and pairs, 4 minutes for women in the free skate.