Graded exams test skills, knowledge and understanding in the performing arts by means of formal practical examinations conducted by examiners selected and trained by Awarding Organisations. The grades are 100% externally assessed and encourage students to evidence their performing abilities under examination conditions. Candidates’ performances are judged according to how effectively the principal skills of each discipline are employed as a means of artistic expression.
Syllabuses spell out the assessment requirements in terms of content, evidence and standards. The duration of each examination increases as the grades progress, with some variation according to the specialism being assessed. Clear assessment criteria are applied to establish highly reliable and valid assessment processes.