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Frequently asked questions

Find answers here to commonly asked questions about our work and activities.
Exams are conducted by an examiner, with no teacher present. Up to four candidates perform the syllabus and are marked against set criteria. They are available for every level from Primary in Dance to Solo Seal Award. Successful candidates receive a certificate, and for Graded Examinations only (Primary to Grade 8), a medal.

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.


An AEC is an Approved Examination Centre (a teacher’s own studio).

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.

An RAV is a Royal Academy of Dance Approved Venue.

This means premises provided by the RAD for holding examinations. Candidates travel to the RAV to take Vocational Graded Examinations.


To enter candidates for RAD examinations, an applicant must meet a list of criteria:
  • 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, although it should be noted that this may result in candidates being assessed twice by the same Examiner.

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.

Please see Section 4.7 of Examinations Information, Rules and Regulations  and Section 6: Resources of each Specification.