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Recorded Exams


These are challenging times and the safety and wellbeing of our candidates, community and staff is our number one priority. We have altered our exam delivery until such time as normal, face-to-face exams may resume.

We have developed a host of recorded exam options for you to continue to undertake your exams throughout the year. AMEB has already been successfully trialling Recorded Repertoire exams in selected states and Tasmania are now be pioneering a trial of Comprehensive and For Leisure exams. We're very excited about this as it offers great opportunity both for these challenging times, and also for the longer term benefit of students in regional and remote areas.

Session 4 Exams will be available as face-to-face (normal) exams!

Please note that face-to-face enrolments come with the caveat that, if COVID-19 restrictions be reinstated, all exams will automatically convert to Recorded Exams. We will ensure you are advised of this as early as possible and will continue to offer flexibility wherever possible. We are required to follow a number of restrictions - not all venues may be available due to physical distancing and cleaning limitations, and available exam dates will be limited. All face-to-face exam attendees will be minimised, and those who attend will be required to adhere to our Pandemic Processes. These will be provided with exam confirmations but please get in touch with the AMEB Tas office if you have any questions or concerns. We greatly appreciate your understanding and support of these precautions and requirements.

We recognise that you may already be preparing for a Recorded Exam, are considered high-risk, or are unable to attend an available venue. You may enrol for a Recorded Exam for any applicable session in 2020.

All temporary Repertoire Syllabuses will continue to be available throughout 2020.

Session 3 will remain via Recorded Exam only. This also means that you can enrol from anywhere across the state!

Please see our Exam Information page for enrolment closing dates.

Enrol for an Exam

These documents are provided to assist you with your exam. They are intended as required reading and all Recorded Exam Guidelines MUST be adhered to.

Recording Guidelines for your Exam Syllabus

Find your syllabus, download your Guidelines, and step yourself through the recording process.

Required Reading and Other Documents

Other handy things

Take a test drive of the Example Comprehensive Recorded Exam Questions.

If you're unable to work with a real human, accompaniment is a challenge. Please check out our brand new Teacher Handbook (PDF 556.9 KB) (COVID edition) for recommendations and licences we have obtained to make this process as easy (and legal) as possible if you're unable to access a live accompanist.

Need to provide a copy of your music?
Check the Copyright Requirements and, if needed, provide this Copyright Declaration Form (PDF)
Please note that this form usually only covers physical copies however, due to these extraordinary times, AMEB has worked with APRA to extend the parameters of this Declaration to include digital copies for exam purposes. For more information, please contact APRA directly.

Check out this video for Your AMEB Guide To Recorded Exams.

Your Guide To AMEB Recorded Video Exams 2020, YouTube video

We've developed some new Repertoire syllabus options and created Recorded Exams for as many as possible. You can download free PDFs of the new syllabuses and find out about all the options available to you. More information about each option is available in the relevant Syllabus.

Find your Syllabus below to see what's available to you or potential alternatives for 2020.

This syllabus is available "as is" via Recorded Exams.

Candidates may elect to convert to a Repertoire Exam, or they may undertake a Recorded Comprehensive Exam as part of our current trial.

We have developed a new For Leisure Repertoire syllabus for 2020. Candidates may elect to convert to a Recorded For Leisure Repertoire Exam or undertake the normal For Leisure Exam via our new Recorded Exam Trial. Available for free download are the new For Leisure Repertoire Syllabuses for PianoSinging, and Saxophone.

Please contact the AMEB Tasmania office if you would like to continue with this exam - these exams will be offered via recording on a case-by-case basis. Due to the collaborative nature of the syllabus, recorded accompaniment will not be permitted. We recommend adhering to any relevant advice regarding physical distancing.

If you're still working on the Old Piano Syllabus, we've developed a Repertoire option for you as well. Candidates may elect to convert to a Recorded Old Syllabus Repertoire Exam or undertake their normal Piano (Old Syllabus) Exam via our Recorded Exam Trial. For Repertoire exams, please follow the Repertoire Exam guidelines (under the New Syllabus), with your existing pieces. To enrol, select the Old Syllabus then contact the office to let us know that you'll be preparing for a the Repertoire option. The Old Syllabus is due to conclude at the end of 2020 but may be extended for the early part of 2021 for extenuating cases due to COVID-19.

We're offering Recorded Exams for this syllabus, too, following the format of a Recorded Repertoire Exam. Your family can even be your audience for your at-home performance! Please get in touch if you'd like to know more.

Candidates are expected to ensure they're adhering to relevant physical distancing advice. Recorded Exams are available - for more information please contact the AMEB Tasmania office.

In short, you can still do a Diploma level exam. This Recorded Exam will be via a hybrid recorded/online delivery to ensure candidates are best represented via good quality recording. Candidates will be required to record their pieces much like a Repertoire Exam. Once they've submitted their exam recording, we'll arrange a time with the Candidate and Examiners to meet online (via Zoom) to conduct the viva voce section of the exam.

A new syllabus has been developed to convert these to recorded exams: Graded Certificate Video Exams. The AMEB Federal website outlines this syllabus, including free downloadable syllabuses of the adapted Technical Exercises for each instrument at Rockschool video exams.
How this works: Enrol through Score. Once session enrolments close, we'll send you the information for how to upload your exam recording, as well as provide your details to Rockschool (in the UK). They'll be administering the assessment of your exam and you'll have four weeks from that time to undertake and submit your recording. We'll still provide your report through Score, as well as your certificate (in due course, where relevant).
Make sure you select the Video Exam option when you enrol.

A new syllabus has been developed to convert these to recorded exams: Video Performance Certificate Exams. The AMEB Federal website outlines this syllabus at Rockschool video exams.
How this works: Enrol through Score. Once session enrolments close, we'll send you the information for how to upload your exam recording, as well as provide your details to Rockschool (in the UK). They'll be administering the assessment of your exam and you'll have four weeks from that time to undertake and submit your recording. We'll still provide your report through Score, as well as your certificate (in due course, where relevant).
Make sure you select the Video Exam option when you enrol.

The new Professional Diplomas are not only great, they're also fully online so you can sign up and start your Diploma today!

These exams are already fully online so keep working towards your accreditation goal and enrol through Score when you're ready!

Please call us to discuss how we can support you to convert your exam to the Rockschool syllabus and other options. We have also developed a recorded Repertoire option (pieces only with one additional Own Choice work required), mirroring those available to the classical instruments. Available for free download is the new CPM Repertoire Syllabus for all existing grades and levels.

A Recorded Exam option is available for the Drama & Communication Syllabus. Candidates may wish to adapt programs in preparation for Speech & Performance or Voice & Communication, or develop a new program.

We are now able to offer a Recorded Exam for this syllabus. Please note that group enrolments will not be accepted and that duos are recommended to adhere to physical distancing advice. Please note that only Option 3 (Performance component only) will be available and, for Grades 5 and 6, Discussion and Improvisation sections will not be included in Recorded Exams.

You're in luck - Music exams (both classical and Rockschool) are already available online and Speech & Performance Theory has just started with Grade 7.
On Request Theory Exams will be on hold until face-to-face exams can resume, and appropriate physical distancing measures are in place.

Can I still do a Recorded Exam when face-to-face exams resume?
Yes. We recognise that there are lots of factors as to why this may be what you need right now. For 2020, Recorded Exams will be available for all sessions - both face-to-face and recorded only.

Can I change to a recorded Exam if I'm enrolled in a face-to-face exam?
Yes but please note that, if your exam is already scheduled, we will require a minimum of two weeks' notice so that we can provide you with the details you need. Additionally, your exam recording will be due one week PRIOR to your exam date so that the Examiner can still hear you on the scheduled day (albeit via a screen).

How do I access my Exam PDF?
You will receive an email two weeks' ahead of your due date (please check your junkmail!). This will include a link to the PDF. ONLY when you are ready to do your exam, click on the link. This will take you to Digify, our secure platform. The first time you use Digify, you will be asked to verify your email address, after which they will send you a password. This may take a few minutes to get to you so please be patient. Enter the code and away you go! If you've already used Digify (eg for a sibling), it will probably not require a second code. Please see the Exam Recording Guidelines (above) for more details.

If I am preparing a selection of List D excerpts for my Repertoire Exam, do I need to perform them all in the recording?
No, you won't need to perform all of the excerpts. Please have a look at the Recorded Repertoire Exam Guidelines, where we have included a section of instructions for this unique component.

What happens if the technology fails for me and I am unable to complete my exam?
If you’re recording your Repertoire Exam, you may restart the recording once you have solved your technology issues.

If you’re undertaking a Comprehensive or For Leisure Exam, you must complete your exam in one sitting. We recognise that some things are beyond anyone’s control so, if you lose your internet connection and can not access the exam questions, or any other issue prevents you from completing the exam recording once you have opened the exam questions file, please contact the office so that we can organise an alternative.

What if my learning has been disrupted and I'm not ready?
Get in touch. We're offering options to defer your exam, or even transfer from a Comprehensive to Repertoire, without any admin or transfer fees during these difficult times.

How do questions like General Knowledge work if you don't know what pieces I'm performing?
While there are limitations on recorded exams, we're doing our best to replicate the normal exam environment. Candidates will be asked to look at their pieces and answer somewhat generic questions, with the expectation that they'll provide a response appropriate to their Grade and stage of learning. These may not all be directly applicable to the piece but the questions are designed so that the Examiner will still be able to assess the Candidate's knowledge.

How good does the recording quality need to be?
Good enough to convey the abilities, tone, and stylistic performances of the candidate. While we're not expecting recording studio-level quality, AMEB does reserve the right to request the Candidate to repeat the exam if the quality is insufficient for the purposes of assessing their capabilities.

What happens next? How do I know when to do my recording? What's the timeline?
After enrolments close, we'll send Account Holders an email to explain the process and ask for the best email address to send the exam questions to. Candidates will be given a two week window in which to undertake their exam recording, with a due date set within the exam session. Candidates who do not meet this deadline will be recorded as non attendance for their exam. Following the due date, we'll take one week to process and check exams, preparing everything for the Examiners. The Examiners will then assess the exam recordings in bulk, much like they would attend an exam day. Candidates should have their report within three weeks of their exam due date.

What is a PDF?
It’s a file type that was originally developed for its capability of being opened by any operating system, yet locked so no edits could be made. We’ve super-charged ours for this purpose by adding a password, self-destruct feature, and expiry date. We've included an example set of exam questions in the documents above.

Can I supervise my child/student's exam?
Yes. We require that all Supervisors are over 18. Where the supervisor is not the parent/guardian of the candidate, we expect that they will hold a valid Working With Vulnerable People Check.

I'm over 18 - do I need a Supervisor?
Yes. The role of the Supervisor is to maintain the integrity of the exam, not just to ensure the safety of children.

As a Supervisor, can I read the exam questions to the Candidate?
Yes. Absolutely no problem with this, particularly for the younger Candidates who may not have advanced levels of reading. We do require you to read ONLY the instructions on the page and that this must be in English.

Can I use a page turner?
Yes. Physical distancing and isolation practices may make this a challenge so we do recommend setting yourself up to minimise or negate the need for a page turner as the first preference. Your Supervisor is permitted to be your page turner.

Who has access to my recording?
The AMEB Tasmania team will be checking all recordings and documents to ensure everything is ready for our Examiners. AMEB Examiners will be provided access to the recordings and repertoire form, plus any further detail that will assist them in their assessment. No personal contact information is shared with Examiners and your recording will not be shared with anyone else without your explicit consent. All AMEB team members hold and maintain valid Working With Vulnerable People Checks. Exam recordings will be deleted from any device or storage following the report being issued.

Will my certificate still be as valid as my other exams?
Yes. This process is stringently managed to ensure your exam result and accreditation will have exactly the same validity as a face-to-face exam.

Will I still be able to get extra TCE points for my Recorded Exam?
Yes. Recorded exams, including the new Repertoire options, are just as valid in their accreditation as a face-to-face exam so you'll still be eligible for points. Check out TASC recognition to find out more about what's available.

How do I find out more about the new syllabuses that are coming?
Sign up to our ENews and like our AMEB Facebook Page so that we can keep you up to date with everything. You can keep checking this web page, too.

Are the fees the same for Recorded Exams as normal, face-to-face exams?
Yes. While some costs are reduced through recorded exams (such as staffing on the day and piano tuning), these are offset by the technology required to maintain confidentiality and integrity of the exam process, as well as increased administrative load. Fun fact: The main expense for exams is actually the Examiners' time - and this remains a fixed cost.

I still need help!
Please get in touch. While the world may be shutting down, we have diverted phones and set up shop in our homes. Dan and Michelle are here to help - please contact us.

All enrolments are via Score for all exams across 2020. All Sessions are open for enrolment from the start of the year until the close date. Please see our Exam Information page for session and enrolment closing dates.

NOTE: In all cases, please ensure you select the appropriate syllabus for your exam type.

Session 4 Face-to-Face Exams
Please note that all enrolments will be subject to restrictions continuing to ease. In the event that COVID-19 restrictions are reinstated, all exams will revert to Recorded Exams - we will be in touch if this occurs.

Enrol as normal through Score. Please check for your preferred venue as not all locations will be available at this time. If you are unable to attend the locations available, you may enrol as a Recorded Exam.

Specially developed 2020 Repertoire Syllabuses will be available for all exams in Session 4, including face-to-face.

Recorded Exams
Enrol via Score as normal but please select your location as "Online Exam". This option will be available for Session 4, and will be the only option for Session 3.

Rockschool Exams
Video Exams will continue throughout 2020, and face-to-face exams will be available in Session 4. Please select your location as "Online Exam" if you wish to do a Video Exam and check the syllabus to ensure you select the appropriate Video option.

Need to make a change?
We can help with that. You can do this yourself in Score (under My Practical Enrolments) or, after the enrolment closing date, get in touch with us in the office to assist you. We're still offering as much flexibility as possible during these challenging times and will continue to waive most of the usual transfer fees.

Please note - if you are converting from a face-to-face to a Recorded Exam, we will require a minimum of two weeks' notice so that we can provide you with the details you need. Additionally, your exam will be due one week PRIOR to your exam date so that the Examiner can still hear you on the scheduled day.

Looking to the Future

The uncertainty that we’re all dealing with continues to require some crystal ball-gazing – a skill we’re yet to perfect! We’re remaining optimistic that face-to-face exams may be possible by the end of the year however we are realistic in preparing for all 2020 exams to be undertaken via recording. For anyone wanting to hold off until face-to-face exams resume, let us know and we’ll carry your exam fee over to the first available session without the usual fees and restrictions. For anyone preparing to undertake a Recorded Exam – these will be available throughout 2020, regardless of whether or not face-to-face exams will resume.