The Australian Music Examination Board’s Drama and Performance and Voice and Communication syllabuses are practical examinations that set out educationally appropriate standards for Speech and Drama students. The process of working towards, and completing an exam develops a variety of skills and leads to increased confidence, poise and self-belief. Students who progress through their AMEB exams are able to continue onto Speak Up Studio’s Teacher Training program in grade 11 and 12.
When and where are the exams?
Exams are held at the studio (110 Windsor Rd, Red Hill) on a weekend towards the end of term three. The exact dates will be provided at the start of term three.
What time will my child’s exam be?
Exam times will be confirmed early in term three. Your child is invited to come along to the studio and warm up in our waiting area, and to debrief with a teacher after their exam. They will probably be at the studio for around 45 minutes on exam day. Parents are welcome to drop off and pick up, or wait in the waiting area during the exams.
What should my child wear?
Your child can wear whatever they like, however it’s good to remember that exams are a formal occasion and so dressing up is encouraged.
What will my child receive?
Each student who participates in an AMEB exam will receive a button badge to add to their collection. After the exam, each student will receive written feedback from the AMEB examiner, and certificate with their mark – high distinction, distinction, credit or pass. Practise exam students receive written feedback and a certificate.
Which exam will my child take?
Your child’s teacher will select an exam syllabus and grade level that is appropriate for your child. See below for details about the content and structure of exams.
Does my child need to memorise something?
This depends on the grade of exam your child is doing. Have a look in your child’s speech and drama folder to review the contents of their exam.
Does my child have to sit an AMEB Exam?
No, they do not. Students who do not want to sit AMEB exams or who are not quite ready have the option of working towards a Practice Exam with Miss Cathy instead. These will be held on the same weekend
Do AMEB exams help grade 12 students?
Yes. Read about how AMEB exams contribute to QCE and QTAC Rank at the AMEB website.
How much does it cost for my child to take part?
Participation in an AMEB exam (or the comparative Practice Exam) is included in your child’s Speak Up membership. There are no additional fees to take part.
How do I sign my child up to take part?
Your child must be enrolled in a weekly Philosophers or Individual program to do an AMEB exam. You will also need to confirm via email if your child will be taking part.
What are the terms and conditions?
Because the AMEB is an external organisation, once exams have been booked they cannot be cancelled. Exams can be rescheduled, but this will be the responsibility of the parent and a fee paid directly to the AMEB will apply. If you withdraw your enrolment mid-term after confirming your child’s participation in an AMEB exam, the full fee for the exam will be payable and will be charged to your account.
Exam Structure and Content
Exam Level and Content
- Your child’s teacher will select the exam that is most appropriate for your child (based on their level and goals)
- Each student will select a theme and will prepare a number of pieces that relate to their theme
- Pieces may include prose, verse, talk, mime, improvisation, or drama
- The type, number and length of pieces is dependent on which exam the student is taking
- Some pieces are presented as readings (not memorised) and some are memorised
- Your child’s teacher will provide an unmarked copy of all read pieces for their exam
Staging and Links
- The exam is conducted in a classroom size space with one Examiner
- Pieces are presented in different areas of the classroom, and students are encouraged to use the furniture in the room to stage their program (including chair, stool, plinth and lectern), we will plan and practise the staging of programs during lessons
- Students are required to introduce and “link” each of their pieces in a conversational style. We will plan these links in class, and students need to learn them well before their exam
Folder and Candidate Form
- All students take a folder of their pieces into the exam
- Your child’s teacher will print out their pieces and prepare the folder with students, and ask them to decorate it in a creative way
- Your child’s teacher will also provide a candidate from for your child to take into their exam
Discussion and Reading the Book
- Each exam ends with a discussion with the Examiner, and this is used to assess the student’s natural speech and communication style
- This discussion will certainly include talking about the book that the student’s selected prose text came from so it’s important that students are familiar with the book! We suggest reading it during the holidays or finding an audiobook version to listen to