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Where do exams take place?

RAD exams are held at Approved Examination Centres (AECs)and RAD Approved Venues (RAVs).

Approved Examination Centre (AEC)

An AEC is normally a teacher's own studio.

  • At an AEC, an examiner can examine any level of exam, apart from the Solo Seal (contact your local office for more information on the Solo Seal).
  • There are minimum requirements for studios used to hold exams – see Exam studios in our Specifications
  • In order for an RAD examiner to visit an AEC, an applicant must have at least 3 hours examining time.
  • If there are less than 3 hours of examining, the following options are available:
    • enter candidates at an RAV
    • join with another local teacher (separate entry forms will be required, as well as a covering note detailing the centre you are joining with, and the day’s schedule).
    • pay a surcharge to allow the exams to go ahead.

Royal Academy of Dance Approved Venue (RAV)

An RAV is a venue provided by the RAD.

  • Candidates can travel to an RAV and take any level of exam, apart from the Solo Seal (contact your local office for more information on the Solo Seal).
  • RAVs will conform to the minimum requirements stipulated by the RAD.
  • The number and availability of RAVs will vary according to country or area.
  • To find out more about RAVs in the UK, contact the .
  • For details of RAVs in your country, contact your national office.