17 February 2020 10:30 - 13:30

Inside the Exam (London)

The course takes an in-depth look at the examination process in general, and at the RAD marking criteria in particular. The course includes practical information about the way that an examination is run, and also gives more detail about what an examiner is looking for when they watch and mark an examination. This course will help RAD teachers to identify key areas where they can work with their students to develop their response to RAD marking criteria, and therefore improve their students’ examination results. A question and answer session will complete the course.


  • outline the basic format of RAD examinations
  • focus on and explain specific examination criteria
  • identify ways to improve candidates’ performance in an exam scenario, based on knowledge of the RAD examination criteria
  • provide the opportunity to become more familiar with selected levels of the RAD syllabus
  • give RAD teachers the opportunity to engage in discussion regarding the examination process and examination criteria.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course participants will:

  • have increased their knowledge of RAD syllabus content and examination procedures
  • have gained greater breadth of knowledge regarding the RAD examination criteria, and be able to apply this knowledge in their teaching
  • be able to use the content of the course to help evaluate and improve their work as a teacher.


RAD headquarters, London, SW11 3RA


Wendy McElroy

Wendy started her dancing career in Cape Town, South Africa. After dancing with Cape Town Ballet as a child and completing her RAD examinations, she achieved her RAD teaching certificate at the University of Cape Town.

Wendy has taught extensively around the world for 25 years teaching all levels of the RAD syllabus including mentoring for the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies.

She has been examining worldwide for the RAD for 16 years and is involved in the training of new examiners. Wendy is now enjoying tutoring, particularly on the ‘Inside the Exam’ course which provides an in depth look at the marking criteria examiners follow.

CPD Hours

4 hours Time-Valued CPD


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Key Information

Time Fee
10:30 - 13:30 Member Fee: £50.50
Non-Member Fee: £71