The RAD offers an internationally-recognised portfolio of examinations and assessments designed to encourage, motivate and reward students of all ages and abilities, outlining a progressive structure for learning and achievement.

Students may start with Dance to Your Own Tune (the curriculum for students from 2½ to 5 years), move up through the first Graded levels (Pre-Primary in Dance and Primary in Dance), and then into eight further Graded levels or six Vocational Graded levels. Students may move from the Graded pathway to the Vocational Graded pathway at an appropriate moment, they may study both pathways simultaneously.

The Graded Examination in Dance Syllabus:

  • focuses on ballet (including elements of freer and progressive styles, appropriate for today’s dancer) and Character
  • includes Graded Examinations (Primary in Dance – Grade 8), Class Awards (Pre-Primary in Dance – Grade 3), Presentation Classes (Grades 4-8) and Solo Performance Awards (Grades 1-3)
  • is appropriate for candidates from the ages of 5 years

The Vocational Graded Examination in Dance Syllabus:

  • builds on the elements covered in the Graded syllabus, focusing on the performance of ballet to an advanced standard, and is intended for students who wish to pursue a career in dance
  • comprises examinations at six levels from Intermediate Foundation to Solo Seal Award
  • is suitable for candidates form the age of 11 years.

Examinations are administered by the RAD Examinations Board. In Australia RAD Vocational Graded qualifications are endorsed by State awarding bodies in Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania for credits towards the Certificate of Education. RAD Graded qualifications are recognised in Tasmania for credits toward the Certificate of Education.

Find out more in our quick guide to exams here

Table Key

Green – Graded Examinations
Blue – Vocational Graded Examinations


Further Information

Teacher Information

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Exam Fees 2020

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Exam Dates 2020

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Entry Forms

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Online Entries

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Bursary and Solo Seal

Bursary and Solo Seal dates for 2020.
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Exam Refunds

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Orientation Days

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Reasonable Adjustments and Special Considerations

If you are concerned about whether to enter an RAD exam due to a special educational need, disability or medical condition, you can request special…
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Examination Sessions Information Updates

The dates below are when notifications were posted. If you have not received your notification two weeks after this date please contact exams@rad.org.au. If you have…
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Replacement Certificates

If you lose your certificate, medal or result form awarded, we may be able to provide a replacement. For exams taken before 2003, we cannot…
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Exam Feedback Seminars

Examinations Feedback Seminars provide an opportunity for Examiners to feed back to teachers, in general terms, information about how marks were awarded in examinations over…
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Result Enquiry Service

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Discovering Repertoire Exams

Details about Discovering Repertoire exams and class awards. Available from January 2019. Learners have the option of taking regulated examinations recognised at the following levels…
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