Learners delve into characterisation and develop strong speaking skills in one of our most popular exams.
A LAMDA learner taking an exam

About the Acting exam

Our Acting Exam learners develop their vocal, physical and interpretive skills while they delve into characters and explore the background of dramatic texts. Alongside producing authentic performances of their chosen scenes, they also gain an understanding of the context and characters within them. 

Working through the grades takes our learners through the development of clear speaking and character portrayal to an understanding of a playwright’s style, the influence of theatre practitioners such as Stanislavski and a sensitive appreciation of subtext. 

Learners can either take the exam by themselves (solo) or in a pair (duologue). For Levels One and Two, they can perform one of their scenes by themselves, and the other in a pair (combined).

LAMDA is recognised to award qualifications on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), in Wales by Qualifications Wales (QiW), and in Northern Ireland by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA). 

Acting solo exams at Entry Level, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8 are now available online. Find out how to book here

As a teacher, I have been delighted with the progress that my acting pupils have made using the new syllabus. They have responded enthusiastically to the new range of anthology pieces.

Toni Hassan, Principal of The Act II Academy of Performing Arts

What does the exam involve?

Type of exam: Solo or Duologue 

Time allowance: 10-15 minutes

Performing one scene from memory

Answering questions about the character in the scene

Type of exam: Solo or Duologue 

Time allowance: 15-25 minutes  

Performing two scenes from memory

Answering questions about location, characters, events and mood within the scenes

Type of exam: Solo or Duologue 

Time allowance: 20-35 minutes  

Performing two scenes from memory

Answering questions about physical characterisation and use of space in the performance

Answering questions about the characters

Type of exam: Solo or Duologue 

Time allowance: 25-35 minutes 

Performing two or three scenes from memory 

Answering questions about: 

  • the development of the performance 
  • the characters 
  • breathing techniques 
  • writing styles 
  • one theatre practitioner 


Full details of the requirements, assessment criteria and regulations for each grade can be found in the LAMDA Performance Graded Examinations Syllabus. 


All our syllabi are available for download, or you can purchase our full range of publications from our online shop.

You will need: 

  • Performance Syllabus from August 2019 
  • Acting Anthology Volume 4

These might also be useful:

  • Teacher support material for graded examinations in performance
  • Knowledge Matters Volume 3 
  • Monologues for Young Actors (Grade 5 and below)
  • Acting Anthology Volume 3

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