Exams – quick guide
Exams, awards, content, assessment and venues.
|Type of award||What?||Assessed?||Where?|
|Demonstration classes (Dance to Your Own Tune)||Free content, led by teacher||No, the examiner only observes||AEC or RAV|
|Solo performance awards (Grades 1-5)||3 solo dances, at least 2 from exam syllabus||Yes, as per award criteria||AEC or RAV|
(Grades 1-5 and Discovering Repertoire)
|Class award syllabus (a selection of exercises and one dance), led by the teacher||Yes, a broad indication of standard rather than a detailed breakdown||AEC or RAV|
(Grades 6-7 and 8)
|Selection of exercises from the syllabus, led by the teacher (Grades 6 - 7) or the examiner (Grade 8)||
No, the examiner only observes, and for Grade 8, conducts the class
|AEC or RAV|
(graded, vocational and Discovering Repertoire)
|Candidates perform the exam syllabus||Yes, as per exam criteria||AEC or RAV|
|Solo Seal||Candidates perform three variations and a virtuoso finale for a panel of judges and an audience||Yes, by a panel of judges, an RAD examiner and a dance professional approved by the Artistic Director||RAV or theatre venue|
AEC – Approved Examination Centre, normally the teacher’s own studio.
For detailed examination content, visit the RAD shop for syllabus books, DVDs, CDs and sheet music.