A spring test of the pup's Natural Ability in his breed year with an evaluation of nose, search, pointing, and cooperation. Desire to work and obedience is also noted.
Same year breed test in the fall which is more comprehensive than the Derby. Fieldwork on birds. waterwork search of duck and blind retrieve of duck from dense cover, and fur/feather drags. In this test manner of retrieving, fieldwork, water work, drags, cooperation, obedience and desire to work are all evaluated. Fieldwork includes scoring of nose, pointing, search and work on winged game birds. The water work includes scoring of nose and search.
If a dog is unable to test in the Solms for any reason he can be evaluated/tested in the older dog test AZP (older dog breed test). The AZP is run exactly like the Solms, only the criteria is more strict, since the dog is expected to be more mature and further along in training.