Exams quick guide
The table below provides a brief overview of RAD exams, awards, content, assessment and venues.
- AEC – Approved Examination Centre, normally the teacher’s own studio.
- RAV – RAD Approved Venue, premises provided by the RAD.
Our exams glossary explains other terms that you may not be familiar with.
|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|
|Class awards (Pre-Primary in Dance to Grade 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|
|Presentation classes (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|
|Exams (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|