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What are the differences between Examinations, Class Awards, Presentation Classes and Solo Performance Awards?
Exams / 13 Nov 2013
Class Awards are available for Primary in Dance and Grades 1 – 5. Up to eight candidates perform the syllabus (only one dance is required rather than two). Class Awards are led by a teacher or an assistant, and the examiner assesses the Class. The mark scheme for Class Awards is less detailed than exams, providing candidates with a broad overview of standard rather than a detailed breakdown. Successful candidates receive a certificate and a medal.
Presentation Classes are available for Grades 6 – 8. Up to eight candidates perform a selection of material from the exam syllabus. Presentation Classes from Grades 1-7 are led by a teacher or an assistant and, at Grade 8, by the examiner. An Examiner is present, but does not assess the class. All candidates receive a certificate of participation.
Solo Performance Awards are available at Grades 1-5. Candidates are assessed by an examiner through the performance of three solo dances. Successful candidates receive a certificate and a bar.
During an AEC examination tour, an examiner will travel to the AEC and examine candidates taking Graded or Intermediate Foundation / Intermediate Examination levels. Minimum requirements must be met for studio to be suitable for holding exams - see Examinations Information, Rules and Regulations for more information.
This means premises provided by the RAD for holding examinations. Candidates travel to the RAV to take Vocational Graded Examinations.
- You must be an RAD Registered Teacher, or be a representative of an RAD Registered School (e.g. the Principal) which employs or contracts an RAD Registered Teacher
- You must have registered the School and the candidates they wish to enter (registration forms are available online)
- You must be a current teaching member of the RAD and have paid any membership fees due in full (or, if not a teacher, ensure that the RAD teacher named on the entry form is a current member and has paid any membership fees due in full).
See our teacher information page for more guidance.
Yes. See our page on prerequisites for candidates.
Where one exam is a prerequisite for the other, award of the second exam is dependent upon the previous one also being passed.
Yes. Minimum ages for exams are detailed on our Age Requirements page.
In order to promote safe dance practice and to maximise the chances of successful outcomes for candidates in exams.
There are no upper age limits to RAD exams.