This website describes the history, distinctiveness and purpose of Graded Exams, particularly how they contribute to the development of performing artists of all ages and ability - encompassing music, dance, drama and musical theatre - across the world. It draws on the research and academic practices of twenty Awarding Organisations, all of which are committed and passionate about promoting progressive mastery in a range of performance disciplines. These organisations offer rigorous assessments, based on the well-known internationally acknowledged benchmarks that form 'the Grades'.
Today, Graded Exams are available in over ninety countries and attract more than a million candidates annually. We hope that you enjoy this website which explores why the Grades have become the world's most popular assessments in the arts.
For further information about specific examinations and syllabuses please contact the Awarding Organisations listed under the web pages titled Music, Dance, Drama & Communication and Musical Theatre.