Regulations for instrumental/vocal examinations
In choosing pieces for examinations, teachers should ensure
that the length of programmes are consistent with the time
allocated to examinations in syllabus requirements. Pieces
should be played in their entirety.
In choosing pieces for examinations, teachers are responsible
for ensuring that pieces presented for assessment are at a
level of difficulty consistent with syllabus requirements.
All examination syllabus requirements concerning the number,
contents and nature of different parts of the examination must
be strictly followed. One longer piece for example, is not
acceptable in place of two shorter pieces and individual
movements of the same piece are not acceptable as separate
parts of the examination.
All examination syllabus requirements regarding scales,
arpeggios and other technical exercises must be strictly
followed. Pupils perform scales, arpeggios and other technical
exercises selected by the examiner, during the examination
itself, from examination syllabus requirements.
Pupils decide the order in which they perform individual
elements of the examination
Elementary, intermediate and advanced examinations may only be
assessed by external examiners.
The same examiner should not examine at the same location for
many years in succession
Teachers must submit examination programmes to examiners
before exams commence. The examination proceeds only on the
basis that this programme is assessed, by the examiner, as
being consistent with syllabus requirements.
The examiner is responsible for providing appropriate
Teachers are allowed to be present during examinations since
they have no influence on the examiner's assessment.
Examiners assess pupils' performance without taking into
consideration any comments or explanations.
Examiners must provide pupils with assessment in the form of
both marks and comments for each and every element of the
examination. Comments should indicate both positive aspects of
the pupils' performance and areas for improvement.
Examiners should be present at Advanced level examination
recitals and give written assessment of the performance. Where
possible this should be the same examiner that examined the
pupil for the respective advanced level examination.