Acting

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 take their exam in a solo, duologue or combined format. The combined format is available for Level 1 and 2 Exams only. 

  • Solo: one learner delivers two monologues on their own (three monologues for Grades 7 and 8)
  • Duologue: two learners perform two duologues (three monologues for Grade 7 and 8)
  • Combined: two learners perform one monologue each and one duologue together (three scenes in total).

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). 

All Acting - Solo exams are 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: Solo: 10 minutes, Duologue: 15 minutes

  • Performing one own choice scene from memory
  • Answering questions related to their performance

Please see the syllabus for full details.

Type of exam: Solo, Duologue or Combined 

Time allowance: Solo: 15 minutes, Duologue: 20 minutes, Combined: 25 minutes

  • Perform one set scene and one own choice scene from memory
  • Answering questions related to their performances

Please see the LAMDA Performance Graded Examinations Syllabus (2019) for full details.

Type of exam: Solo, Duologue or Combined

Time allowance: Solo: 20 minutes, Duologue: 30 minutes, Combined: 35 minutes

  • Performing one set scene and one own choice scene from memory
  • Answering questions related to their performances

Please see the LAMDA Performance Graded Examinations Syllabus (2019) for full details.

Type of exam: Solo or Duologue 

Time allowance: 

Grade 6: Solo: 25 minutes, Duologue: 35 minutes
Grade 7: Solo: 30 minutes, Duologue: 40 minutes
Grade 8: Solo: 30 minutes, Duologue: 45 minutes

  • Performing two own choice scenes at Grade 6 and three scenes at Grades 7 and 8. Scenes must be selected from a published play or television/film screenplay, within specified time periods
  • Answering questions related to their performance

Please see the LAMDA Performance Graded Examinations Syllabus (2019).

Requirements

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

Resources

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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