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

Discovering Repertoire

Learners have the option of taking regulated examinations recognised at the following levels on the UK qualifications framework:

  • Level 2 (equivalent to Grade 5/Intermediate Foundation standard)
  • Level 3 (equivalent to Grades 6-8/Intermediate & Advanced Foundation standard)
  • Level 4 (equivalent to Advanced 1 & 2 standard)

The levels in the Discovering Repertoire programme are aligned to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) according to the degree of demand (difficulty) at each level. The required knowledge and understanding of the fundamental and relevant technique for the Discovering Repertoire programme means that there is currently no Level 1.

The assessments are designed to be taken in a modular format as individual units:

Unit: Class (barre and centre)
Unit: Variation 1 (development exercises and Variation 1)
Unit: Variation 2 (development exercises and Variation 2)
On completion of each individual unit, candidates will receive a unit certificate.

Candidates who successfully complete all three units of a single level as an exam will be awarded the total level qualification certificate.

Further information can be found in our specifications documents .You can also head to our quick guide to exams for more info too.

Further Information for students

Exam Fees 2021

Information on fees, refunds, withdrawals and cancellations for RAD exams.  2021 FEES Australia Fee per candidate / participant A$ (inc GST) AEC RAV EXAMINATION Member…
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Exam Dates 2021

Information on exam dates are below. We encourage all teachers to use our faster more efficient online entries system but should you wish to submit…
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Solo Seal

dates for 2021.
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A guide to uniform for Graded and Vocational Graded examinations. The recommended uniform should be worn for all examinations. Where this is not possible, suitable…
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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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Orientation Days

What is an Orientation Day? The Orientation Day is offered to candidates to familiarize them with the examination protocol and venue. Students will be given…
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Exam Refunds

If a candidate is unable to attend for or complete an examination due to circumstances beyond their control, including illness, compassionate reasons, e.g. a family…
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Result Enquiry Service

In order to provide an additional service to teachers, candidates and customers, a result enquiry service is available: A result enquiry report service includes a report…
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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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