All time slots for exams must be
Total Development System (TDS)
added to your existing program
Purchase and Schedule your Exam
Exams are scheduled by appointment only. Click below to purchase. Then schedule your exam to let us know when you are coming.
Only 1 player can test out in a given day during any time slot. All time slots for exams must be done exactly at the times listed:
- 4:15 PM, 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM
- If players are in a Scrimmage Class, they can schedule their exam at 3:30, 7:00 or 7:45 PM
If you are late, you have to reschedule because the trainer has a small ten minute window to render the exam. Exams start exactly at these times and only at the beginning of each class during the warm-up.
One perk: if you are in an existing Scrimmage Class, you could schedule your Performance Assessment during the warm-up of that Scrimmage Class (3:30 PM, 7:00 PM or 7:45 PM) which has 7 categories which will be shorter by 2 categories because Link Up/Unit Play and Scrimmaging will be assessed during the day's scrimmage.
Schedule your Exam
Note: The links to schedule exams will direct you to another site, signupgenius.com. If you don't have a signupgenius account yet, you'll be prompted to sign up for one to schedule an exam.
What Level Are You?
|Blue New - new player in this level. Little to no experience but has the desire to play|
|Blue Ready - player who is ready to test for the next level|
|Blue Brand - does things in the Avila style|
|Orange New - new player in this level. Needs work but has played a few seasons & can influence the game|
|Orange Ready - player who is ready to test for the next level|
|Orange Brand - does things in the Avila style|
|Green New - new player in this level. Very well-rounded player who needs fine-tuning and challenge|
|Green Ready - player who is ready to test for the next level|
|Green Brand - does things in the Avila style|
|Gold New - new player in this level. Assertive, makes no unforced errors, can handle high pressure|
|Gold Ready - player who is ready to test for the next level|
|Gold Brand - does things in the Avila style|
|Black Ready - new player in this level. Assertive, makes no unforced errors, can handle high pressure|
|Black Ready - ECNL, Academy, Premier, College or Pro-bound level|
|Black Brand - does things in the Avila style|
What to expect on Exam Days
Show up a few minutes early before your exam to check-in with a trainer.
Each player taking the Performance Assessment will be tested on some combination of the 7 Categories of Expertise that apply to their level. The exam will take 15 minutes to complete.
- Shooting Mechanics
- Dribbling Moves
- Juggling Tricks
- Passing & Distribution
- Unit Play/Link-up Play
- Trapping & Receiving
To prepare for the exams, head over to our Scoring and Testing page to review guidelines.
Congratulations on a job well done! You will receive a certificate in the mail that designates the level you achieved. You will also get a copy of the results emailed to you for your reference.
If you don't meet the requirements to advance to the next level, you can always try again the following week.
4. Finer Points
We want you to notice that Performance Assessment is not just based on categories of skill but also on categories such as "Unit Play" and "Scrimmaging," which are intangible and not as easy to quantify on a chart or scorecard. It is possible to get a higher level in specific categories you are testing out for. The overall level, however, is determined by the lowest achieved level in all categories because we want a balanced player, not one who is simply going off their strengths.
5. See how you can train from 6:00-7:00 PM
Orange Ready (Provisional Scheduling)
Creating a tool to measure performance has not been easy. Avila Creative Soccer was open for 10 years before fully implementing what has become our signature test. Technically, we refer to it as a Performance Assessment, not a Skills Assessment, in that it rates more than just a player's skills. A player's Level is more than just their skill level; it is the sum of many moving parts.
To think of the quality of a player's skill as something which is quantifiable is difficult at best. Then couple that with the notion that even if a player can demonstrate skill in a laboratory it doesn't mean that player can perform at a level commensurate with said skill level when it counts - meaning on game day. Performance is also about attitude and awareness. The attitude to compete, the tactical awareness to take advantage of time and space.
We found that differences between players are intricate and it turns out that among the different colors and levels, we also have to have sub levels which you may have noticed referred to as New, Ready and Brand. And even that doesn't always go far enough to get player placed in the correct group. In particular, Level two or Orange has been the most challenging group of kids to characterize. So what we have done to help us accommodate certain players in better fitting groups is offer a process for "Orange Ready" players who would normally only be allowed to train between 5:00-6:00 PM. NOW, SUCH PLAYERS can be placed provisionally with the GREENS as a sort of "Play-Up". The GREEN Level 3's train at 6:00-7:00 PM each evening.
If you follow these steps, your child may be able to train from 6:00-7:00 PM.
Let us assess you for free. Go to Exam Days to schedule an exam. Choose "Orange Ready (Provisional Scheduling)" under Exam Type.
If you are cleared to train with Level 3 and above from 6:00-7:00 PM, pay upfront $25 for a mandatory assessment to be taken within 2 months.
Begin training with the Green Level players and above, weeknights from 6:00-7:00 PM, but start preparing to challenge for the level upgrade exam (you already paid for). The exam must be scheduled within 2 months time.