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Paizo provides pregenerated level 1 character stats for iconic character Iseph. Among the stat bonuses listed, it mentions "Acrobatics +11" and "Piloting +10 (1 rank)".

I don't understand how these numbers can be possible. By my calculations, Piloting should be $$4 (\text{DEX}) + 3 (\text{trained class skill}) + 1 (\text{rank}) + 1 (\text{operative's edge}) = 9$$

and Acrobatics should be either

\begin{align}4 (\text{ DEX}) + 3 (\text{ trained class skill}) + 1 (\text{ rank})+{}\\ 1 (\text{ operative's edge}) + 3 (\text{ ghost specialization skill focus}) &= 12\end{align}

or $$4 (\text{ DEX}) + 1 (\text{ operative's edge}) + 3 (\text{ ghost specialization skill focus}) = 8$$ depending on whether I put a rank into it or not.

What am I missing?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Just to be clear: the first sum was a typo or also a mistake? \$\endgroup\$
    – HellSaint
    Jul 19 '20 at 15:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oops, that's a typo. In reality I expected 4 + 3 + 1 + 1 to equal 9. Good observation. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kevin
    Jul 19 '20 at 21:15
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You miss Ace Pilot character theme.

It states that Ace Pilot gets pilot as his class skill, but if it's a class skill for 1st level - Ace Pilot gets +1 to their piloting.

So, piloting should be: 4 dex + 3 class skill +1 Ace Pilot +1 Rank + 1 Operative Edge = 10, just as in charsheet.

Specializations says that you gain Skill focus feat and one free rank at every character level in those skills. And, thanks to ifusaso from comments for pointing that both Operative Edge and Skill Focus are insight bonuses, so they don't stack and largest is used.
Thus, athletics:
4 Dex + 3 class skill + 1 Rank + 3 Skill focus = 11, just as charsheet says.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I would add that there is another a little more trivial thing the OP was missing in the question: 4+3+1+1 is 9, not 8. That makes up for the other point that was missing when getting to 8. \$\endgroup\$
    – HellSaint
    Jul 19 '20 at 15:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ Nice explanation. I never looked up my character theme because I thought it was just fluff. insight bonuses not stacking is also news to me. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kevin
    Jul 19 '20 at 21:16

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