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Frequently asked questions

Find answers here to commonly asked questions about our work and activities.

This will no longer be allowed from January 2015.

For Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate examinations, the pianist must operate the CD player. Examiners report that the performance of younger candidates can sometimes be affected when their teacher is operating the CD player.

The choice of content for Graded Presentation Classes is at the discretion of the teacher. We suggest a varied selection of exercises to fill the allotted time.

Please note however that for Class Awards the content is more exactly prescribed. Full details may be found in the relevant Specification.

Recommended uniform is listed in the Specifications (Section 6: Resources), and an overview can be found on our uniform page.

Visit to buy uniform from our online shop.

Although the RAD advises against the use of split sole shoes, they may be worn for exams or during training.

This applies to soft ballet shoes, soft pointe shoes and pointe shoes, according to the Specification requirements.

Hair should be neatly groomed and styled off the face and neck in order that the line of the head and neck is not obscured.

The target date for release of results is four weeks from the end of an examination tour (allowing for public holidays in the relevant results processing country). Certificates and Medals will be issued no later than two weeks after this.

Target dates for results can be found in Focus on Members for UK examinations and similar publications around the world.

For more information please contact your local RAD office.


For all countries except Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada: If the exam was taken before 2003, we cannot replace the certificate. An extract from the Register of Examinations can be provided instead. If the examination was taken after 2003 then a replacement result form and certificate can be requested.

Both these services incur a £15 (€20) charge. For multiple replacements, contact the Examinations Results Officer for the total charge. However, if the replacement is being requested due to an error by the RAD then there will be no charge.

Medals and Bars may be replaced for examinations taken after the point at which they were introduced. The fee is £8 (€10).

To request a replacement, send the original to Monica Camara at RAD headquarters with a covering letter.

For exams taken in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada, please contact your National RAD Office.

Yes. If a candidate is unable to attend or complete an exam due to circumstances beyond their control, such as illness or family bereavement, compensation may be sought.

For more information on refunds and transfer of fees, please see Examinations Information, Rules and Regulations Sections 5.16 – 5.19.

Demonstration Class fees are non-refundable.

We have a policy document on enquiries and complaints that provides guidance in these areas.

See our page on  complaints, enquiries about results, and appeals for more information and what to do.

The RAD is recognised to award qualifications on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England and Northern Ireland by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), and the Council for the Curriculm, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA), and in Wales by Qualifications Wales.

In Scotland, the RAD is recognised to award qualifications on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF), by SQA Accreditation, a part of the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

For more information, please see Section 2 of Examinations Information, Rules and Regulations