Exams

Around the world, RAD exams are recognised for their quality, and each year, nearly a quarter of a million candidates across the globe choose to take their dance exams with us.

We offer a wide range of exams and assessments to motivate and reward students of all ages and abilities. Our focus is on creativity and musicality, providing opportunities to progress and achieve. It’s not just professional or young dancers who take our exams; age is no barrier to success. At any stage of your life or career you can develop your fitness, musicality and artistry. Our candidates range in age from 2 to 60+!

RAD Examinations suspended worldwide

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting travel restrictions, international examiner travel has been suspended for the time being – we will keep this suspension under review.

With lockdown and containment measures still in place, and with timescales unknown in many areas, we are working with local offices to identify when examinations can resume. Due to reduced working hours and furlough, your local office will be in touch should there be an examinations service in your area before September.

If you have questions please contact exams@rad.org.uk or your local office. You can also view our Frequently Asked Questions page. We will continue to communicate with you regularly throughout this global pandemic.

Read RAD’s COVID-19 guidance.

Exams quick guide

Get a brief overview of RAD exams, awards, content, assessment and venues
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The panel of Examiners

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Empowering People Through Dance

RAD is an independent educational charity with no government funding. Every penny we make goes back into the work we do which includes our cultural engagement plans with our diverse communities. Sadly the loss of income from our day to day activity as a result of Covid 19 has caused a major funding gap of £1M in the UK alone and we need your help.
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