Practical Exams Update – South Africa

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we’re working hard on solutions to ensure they can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity. However, on the basis of official and local advice we have made the following changes to our South Africa exams for the remainder of the year:

  • For the regions of Eastern & Western Cape, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal exams, we plan to hold exams from late September – October. There will be no exams held throughout August and early September. Entries for these regions have already been received.
  • For exams in Gauteng, we plan to hold exams from October – November. Entries for this region have already been received. We will not be able to take bookings for Botswana, Swaziland and the surrounding areas for any further exams in 2020.

Please note, our ability to accept bookings and hold exams continue to be conditional on the current restrictions being lifted. We will provide an update to customers as soon as we can. Our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course.

Exam programmeExam programme and running order slips

Graded music exams

All candidates will be asked to complete an exam programme and running order slip before they go in to the exam room. Examiners and candidates have found this a quick and clear way of confirming the chosen pieces or songs and the order in which they will be performed.

These slips will be available at each exam venue and can be downloaded below to complete before the exam day.

ARSM exams

Candidates need to make sure they have completed a programme form, which they should give to the examiner at the start of the exam.

This form should contain the following information, presented in programme order:

  • the candidate’s name and (main) instrument
  • the list number, for pieces chosen from the repertoire list; own-choice repertoire can be marked with a dash ( – )
  • the composer name and, where applicable, the arranger’s/transcriber’s name
  • full information on each piece being performed, including:
    • the name of the piece/larger work
    • catalogue number, where available – Opus number, BWV for Bach, K. for Mozart, etc.
    • details of individual movements/sections
    • for own-choice repertoire, the edition used
  • for woodwind, brass and singing candidates, where the break (if planned) will be taken and its length
  • an approximate timing for each piece (broken down for individual movements/sections of larger works)
  • the overall programme length, which should include gaps between items and, where applicable, a longer break.

In cases where there isn’t enough room on the form, the programme information can be continued on a second form.

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