Teacher FAQs

Key Information

All entries must be submitted via the digital entry form.

Any changes to your entry or requests must be emailed to the Exams team, we cannot accept changes and requests via telephone.

The final exam details and relevant exam paperwork will be emailed to the person who entered the learner, 7-14 days prior to the exam event.

Once the event has been scheduled, the date and time allocated cannot be altered. Should the learner now not be able to make the

allocated time, the learner cannot swap exam dates and no refund will be offered.

We can only discuss the entry with the correspondence contact (the person who entered the learner).

Date requests for face-to-face exam events must be submitted via ExamTrack. Date requests for remote online assessments must be emailed to the Exams team. We cannot guanratee date requests will be approved. Requests will be responded to within 10 working days. During peak period, this may take longer.

Any changes to a submission or requests must be emailed to the Exams team, we cannot accept changes and requests via telephone.

No changes can be made when the event start date is less than 14 days away

We can only correspond with the Centre Coordinator or Head of Centre. All written communication must be exchanged using a registered email address, requests from unrecognised emails will not be accepted.

We are currently only examining international learners via remote online assessments, for any queries please email the Exams team.

Reasonable Adjustment applications must be submitted six weeks in advance of the examination event start date. 

Reasonable Adjustment applications must include a completed application form and supporting documentation written and signed by a SENCo, Specialist Teacher and/ or medical professional. 

We cannot respond to finance or Transfer Credit Vouchers queries via telephone, please continue to email any finance queries to the Exams team.

Payment can be made via BACS, or ExamTrack for Private Centres

Transfer Credit Voucher requests will be acknowledged within 10 working days of receipt. Vouchers will be issued alongside results for the relevant event

Results are posted within 30 working days of the last date of the session, unless otherwise communicated.

We can only discuss the results with the centre coordinator (Private Centres) and correspondence contact (Public Centres)

We update UCAS regularly with all awards issued that have UCAS points associated to them.

Exams Content (Syllabus) Questions

Communication (Speaking Verse and Prose, Reading for Performance, Speaking in Public)

There are no restrictions to a learner performing an own choice piece from a play/screenplay that has been published in the current LAMDA Acting Anthology – Volume 4, so long as the learner’s chosen piece is not the same scene as that set in the current LAMDA Acting Anthology - Volume 4. Please ensure the piece chosen enables the learner to meet the assessment criteria and answer the knowledge questions.

There are no restrictions to a learner performing an own choice piece from a book that has been published in the current LAMDA Verse and Prose Anthology - Volume 19 so long as the learner’s chosen piece is not the same selection as that set in the current Anthology Volume 19. Please ensure the piece chosen enables the learner to meet the assessment criteria and answer the knowledge questions.

Any equipment required must be brought to the exam by the learner: e.g. flip boards, laptops for PowerPoint presentations, etc. LAMDA are not able to guarantee that there will be any equipment at the exam centre, all equipment required is the responsibility of the learner. 

The set up required for any equipment is the responsibility of the learner and must be included in the time allowance of the examination as a whole. No extra time will be allowed for the setting up of visual aids.

Visual aids, when used appropriately, can enhance a speech and help bring it to life for an audience. When presenting a speech with visual aids, the learner should ensure that the visual aids are incorporated into the speech and that they are not just used as a 'backdrop'. If pictures, text or posters are used, they should be large enough to be visible to the imagined audience. If the learner is taking an examination in an unfamiliar room, it is sometimes helpful to attach the visual aids to a portable display board or similar for use in the examination. For ROA exams screen sharing is not permissible, and alternative screens or flip boards will need to be set up. 

No, the use of PowerPoint (or similar) presentations at Level 1 is prohibited. They can however be used for level 2/3 exams. If this option is chosen, we highly recommend that learners familiarise themselves with any equipment being used prior to the exam. 

No, electronic devices are not allowed into the examining room and can not be used when preparing impromptu speeches. This includes laptops, tablets and smart watches. 

Please note that since the impromptu speech is prepared in the exam room, the examiner will act as an invigilator during the impromptu preparation time and will let the learner know at regular intervals how much time they have left to prepare their impromptu speech. 

The learner may take a watch (analogue or digital) into the examination room with them, however it must not be a smart watch. 

Please note that since the impromptu speech is prepared in the exam room, the examiner will act as an invigilator during the impromptu preparation time and will let the learner know at regular intervals how much time they have left to prepare their impromptu speech. 

Performance (Acting, Devising Drama, Miming)

There are no restrictions to a learner performing an own choice piece from a play/screenplay that has been published in the current LAMDA Acting Anthology – Volume 4, so long as the learner’s chosen piece is not the same scene as that set in the current LAMDA Acting Anthology - Volume 4. Please ensure the piece chosen enables the learner to meet the assessment criteria and answer the knowledge questions.

There is no requirement for learners to adopt an accent for a piece that has been written for a character with a particular dialect or accent, providing that the piece still makes sense and the authors intent is still clear. If the learner does choose to adopt an accent, this must be sustained throughout the piece ensuring fluency and focus are not affected.

For Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2 modern adaptations or translations of non-English language texts are acceptable as there are no specific timeframes or periods that the pieces need to be selected from – the learners just need to perform one set scene from the current Acting Anthology and one scene of their own choice.

For Level 3 examinations (Grades 6, 7, and 8), where it is a requirement to select scenes from plays written during set timeframes/periods, translations of non-English language texts into English are acceptable and where a translation is used, you would use the publication date of the original publication and not the date of the translation you are using. If you are using a modern adaptation of an earlier piece, such as Jean Anouilh’s version of Antigone written in the 1940s, then as this is a new version of the play and not a translation, you would use the publication date of the adaptation.

We define a translation as “The original text of a non- English- language play that has been translated into English”.  Whereas we define an adaptation as “a play, television screenplay or film screen-play that has been based on or devised from an earlier or pre-existing text, usually retaining some element of the original. (For example, Jean Anouilh’s version of Antigone).

Full costume is not permitted, but long practice skirts which help to indicate/suggest period may be worn together with small costume items such as scarves, hats, shawls, gloves, canes. Clothing and footwear should be suitable for the work presented and comfortable where possible, allowing freedom of movement. Learners should not go barefoot unless the part absolutely demands it and nudity is not permitted. Regarding the use of props, small items are permitted but must be kept to a minimum so as not to overburden the learner. 

It should be noted that learners are not permitted to leave the examination room (or leave frame – for ROA exams) once the examination has started.   

There are no restrictions with learners using a scene from a one act play as long as there is sufficient material within the play for the learner to be able to meet all of the assessment criteria including the discussion element within the knowledge section. If you feel there is not enough material for the learner to be able to do this, we would suggest seeking an alternative.

Post-2000 plays and film screen plays must be published on or after 1 January 2001. The 1800-2000 period includes anything published up to (and on) the 31 December 2000. 

Regarding the use of strong language in examinations, LAMDA has no restrictions on this. However, it is advised that the learner is mature enough to understand the context in which they are being used within the text, and the style and intent of the playwright is maintained.

Learners may be reassured that Examiners will assess accurately and objectively against the assessment criteria regardless of the content of a piece.

For film screenplays, the learners would not be able to transcribe the scene from the film. The scene must come from a published film screenplay, either in hard copy or online. For the online screenplay publications, the screenplay must be published from the original author or film production company.

In the case of a LAMDA examination we define a television screenplay as a film that has been written specifically for television (a full-length film that has been commissioned by television companies) whereas a television show would be a one-off episode or group of episodes (serial). A television serial is a story which is broadcast ​on television in a number of parts over a period of time.

The reason we do not allow Learners to use a serial is because the character arcs and story lines are on-going. Even if a character has been written off, the character could return at any point and their story line revisited. Also, in the era of reboots, many TV shows which had previously concluded have been revitalised and the character arcs and story lines continued. Those shows which have not yet been rebooted may be revisited at any point during the course of the syllabus being in effect.

Where there is no definite ending for a character or story lines, the Learner cannot answer the Knowledge question on: “The character’s role within the context of each play as a whole.”

Musical Theatre

LAMDA has no restrictions on change of key for Musical Theatre examinations as long as it is appropriate to the song choice and the learner’s vocal capability.

It is permitted for the learner to take the song and the published or devised text preceding it out of context for all grades. Please note that for the knowledge section of the examinations from Grade 2 upwards, the learner will be expected to answer the questions about the musical or film musical that the song has been taken from based upon the original context of the musical/film, not the context devised by the learner.

Musical Theatre examinations do not have assessment criteria directly relating to the timings of the examination and therefore we would not penalise if the song was shorter than the guidelines state. We would usually allow around 30 seconds either side of the time guidelines. 

However, the song must be long enough to allow the learner to meet all of the assessment criteria and answer the knowledge questions fully. 

We do not specifically provide technicians at any of our Public Centres. At Public Centres, we understand the difficulty in finding a third person to operate the music so will allow a parent or teacher to operate the music as a last resort. If you are attending the examination by yourself, we would allow for a steward to operate the music for you. Please note that we do not provide any technical equipment for examinations, including computers or speakers.  These should be provided by the learner.

Please request a steward’s assistance, before your examination with the Centre Representative, AND on the day of the examination, so the Centre is aware, as not all centres may be able to provide this for you. 

Groups

The Learners can speak all of the poem in unison, or the Teacher can split it between single voices/ smaller groups, so long as the overall performance has an element of unison. We ask that teachers use their experience to ensure that learners are meeting the assessment criteria. 

Other Exams Content questions

As the Awarding Body we are unable to suggest specific pieces. We ask that teachers use their experience when selecting pieces to ensure the piece enables the learner to meet the assessment criteria and answer the knowledge questions fully.

Please see below dates for the syllabus updates, the date shown is when the next versions of the syllabus will be valid from:

01 August 2023

  • Shakespeare

01 August 2024

  • Introductory
  • Group
  • Performance
  • Communication

The current Introductory, Group, Performance (Acting, Devising Drama, Miming) and Communication (Speaking Verse and Prose, Reading for Performance and Speaking in Public) syllabi will be in effect until 31 July 2024. Learners must register and take their exams on or before the 31st of July 2024. The new versions will come into effect 01 August 2024. 

The current Acting Anthology and Verse and Prose Anthology are therefore also valid until 31 July 2024, with the new versions coming into effect 01 August 2024.

Learners do not have to select scenes that are gender specific. So female or non binary learners can play male characters, and equally male or non binary learners can play female characters. This is the case for all subjects and levels of examinations.  For Set Scenes, no edits to the scene can be made and therefore if a learner would like to play a character of a different gender, they must not change the name of the character or any of the pronouns used to fit their gender.

The learner must still portray the character as they were intended, so if the character is male then the character is male, even if a female actor is portraying the character. How the character is interpreted is down to the learner, within the parameters the author has set. 

For example, though Juliet (Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet) is a female character, a male learner could portray her. It might be the actor’s decision to not portray an overly feminine Juliet, but the character Juliet is still female.

There are no restrictions on learners from the same centre/ teacher performing the same pieces for their examinations, as long as each individual learner meets the assessment criteria.

As their teacher, it is down to your professional judgement as to whether or not you feel each learner is meeting the criteria by performing this piece, or if you feel some learners would better meet the criteria by performing a different piece.

The examiner will examine each learner’s presentation individually, regardless of if other learners perform the same pieces on the same day.

Unfortunately, as we are the Awarding Body, we are unable to suggest plays or pieces for the learners to perform. Other customers have fed back that the following resources have been useful: 

  • Digital Theatre
  • National Youth Theatre
  • Samuel French 
  • Nick Hern books 
  • Amazon 

It is up to the teacher and/or learner to decide which own choice pieces to use. Please ensure the chosen pieces enable the learner to meet the assessment criteria and examinations requirements. 

As an Awarding Organisation we are unable to provide exemplar answers to knowledge questions or exemplar discussion topics. Please refer to our ‘Knowledge Matters’ and ‘Speaking Matters’ text books for further guidance. Both can be purchased from our online shop at the link below.

Online Shop

Edits can be made to own choice pieces, as long as the piece still makes sense, and the authors intent is still clear. You can remove a character’s lines to make a duologue scene a monologue. You can also edit two monologues together, as long as the two monologues are originally spoken by the same character within the play. You cannot combine two monologues spoken by different characters. Learners can only play one character in each scene.

Please ensure the final piece used enables the learner to meet the assessment criteria and answer the knowledge questions.

A learner who completes the external assessment but who either does not meet the minimum pass criteria mark for a Pass, or who fails to satisfy one or more of the stated Assessment Criteria (irrespective of the total marks they accumulate) will be graded as a Fail. In these circumstances, the Examiner will identify the Assessment Criteria/Criterion not met in the Learner Examination Report (LER). All of our assessment criteria can be found in the appropriate syllabus. 

For a Remote Online Assessment, the learner must bring in the book from which their prose piece has been taken. The examiner will ask the learner to turn to a random page and sight-read for about a minute, the examiner will stop the learner when they have heard enough.

We allow 30 seconds either side of the time frame. If the piece is significantly under the time allowance, then there might not be enough material for the examiner to adequately assess. If the piece is significantly over the time allowance, then it can affect other learners, as the examination would overrun. Examiners will not time pieces during the exam, however you do risk your learner being invalidated if the examiner feels there isn’t enough material presented for an acerate and fair assessment. 

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At the moment, you can only use ExamTrack to organise bookings at your own venue, and not at one of the LAMDA Centres.

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You can login to your account here. 

If you need help, you can read our how-to guide and watch our tutorial videos.

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What this means is that all LAMDA regulated exams have been designed in such a way that a direct comparison can be made between LAMDA regulated exams and academic qualifications like GCSEs and A-levels. Learners taking these exams are tested on their knowledge, skills and understanding of the subject and will only be awarded a qualification if they show they have achieved the required level.

Our non-regulated exams are specific to LAMDA Exams.

Absolutely. We are committed to supporting the needs of our learners. You can apply for what is called a Reasonable Adjustment. These can include things like extra exam time or providing documents in a more accessible format for the learner. Applications must be submitted at least six weeks before the scheduled exam. You can read more about Reasonable Adjustments and how to apply for them.

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