Exam Day Procedure

Please wear the correct uniform as appearance and presentation are part of the exam procedure and WILL affect your marks.

When coming to the studio for your exam, please ensure that your hair is correctly dressed before you arrive (unless you have made alternative arrangements for someone else to dress your child’s hair, then allow additional time before your given arrival time).

Please arrive at the stated arrival time. This gives plenty of time in order to prepare yourself and help us sort out the paperwork for you, then please be prepared to wait patiently. Dancers will be given the opportunity to carry out a warm up and rehearse their exam content. Silence is vital in the venue as noise travels very easily from one room to the next. Parents will be asked to wait quietly or leave the premises.

On Exam Day, neither the Principal nor Staff have any control over the exam session once it is underway. When time tabling for exams, we use the timings given to us by the IDTA. These times are only APPROXIMATIONS. An examiner may keep candidates in the exam for more or less than this time.

If you miss your exam time because the session is running early, then at the discretion of the examiner, you may be allowed to take the exam later in the day on your own. Unfortunately, fees cannot be refunded, but may be carried over to the next session, if appropriate.

If you decide not to come, or to leave before you take your exam because the session is running late, then your fees will be forfeited.

1. The Principal decides which children go into an exam, and whether they go in alone or in a group. If events occur on the exam day which requires a change of group/partner then it is THE PRINCIPAL who will decide which group/partner will change. This will not alter your child’s exam mark. The Principal’s decision is final.

2. Before you enter the Studios please be considerate and switch all mobile phones off. The studio sound system picks up the incoming or outgoing signals from your phone as very loud beeps. This is exceedingly off-putting for the children who are in the exam at the time, and annoying for the examiner.

3. On arriving at the studios, please book your child in at the reception desk. The upstairs hall will be used for exams, noise transfers easily between the rooms – so please be aware of the noise level outside / upstairs.

4. Come to the venue already dressed, with your hair done correctly. Put the correct dance shoes on once you are inside the venue

5. The downstairs hall will be available to wait in (please bring something to do while you wait. i.e. colouring books & pencils, NOT felt tip pens etc. Please do not let students have fizzy drinks and chocolate or anything that will mark their uniform).

6. Approximately 30 minutes before their exam, students will be checked to ensure that they are dressed correctly and that all ribbons and laces are tucked in. If their hair is incorrectly done, then it will need changing. Appearance is of the utmost importance, and marks can be gained or lost for their overall presentation.

7. Students will be given a coloured/numbered badge and asked to wait outside the upstairs hall with their teacher.

8. When it is their turn to go into the Exam, students will be taken in by their teacher

9. Once the exam is over the children will be free to go if they have not got any more exams to do.

One parent per pupil ONLY are asked to wait for students. Please avoid bringing other family members as this increases the number of people on the premises and adds to the stress levels of the students.

We would like to make exam sessions as stress free as possible for the children, so please work with us and follow our examination procedure. If you have any questions on any of the above, please speak to Miss Kara.

If any student/parent feels that they are unable to comply with these procedures, we would recommend that you withdraw your child’s exam entry as soon as possible. This decision will not affect in any way whatsoever the student’s progress and standing within the dance school. They will continue to progress through the grades on the principal’s recommendation when they reach the required competency to do so.

If you have any comments, then please address them to Miss Kara, or arrange to meet at a mutually convenient time.

Thank you.

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