Exam Requirements

Exam Duration15 minutes
Task 1The candidate will perform from memory one poem chosen from the Anthology.
Task 2 The candidate will perform from memory one poem OR a piece of prose OR a piece of drama of
their own choice. The performance of this piece must not exceed one minute.
Task 3The candidate will answer questions on the meaning of the pieces selected and the words used.
The examiner will also award marks by assessing the candidate’s ease of manner, readiness to
respond to the examiner, poise and confidence.
Exam Duration15 minutes
Task 1The candidate will perform from memory one poem chosen from the Anthology.
Task 2 The candidate will perform from memory a piece of prose or drama of their own choice.
The performance of this piece must not exceed one and a half minutes.
Task 3The candidate will answer questions on the meaning of the pieces selected and the words used.
The examiner will also award marks by assessing the candidate’s ease of manner, readiness to
respond to the examiner, poise and confidence.
Exam Duration15 minutes
Task 1The candidate will perform from memory one poem chosen from the Anthology.
Task 2 The candidate will perform from memory a piece of prose or drama of their own choice.
The performance of this piece must not exceed two minutes.
Task 3The candidate will answer questions on the meaning of the pieces selected and the words used
and what they liked most about the pieces.
The examiner will also award marks by assessing the candidate’s ease of manner, readiness to
respond to the examiner, poise and confidence.
Exam Duration15 minutes
PerformanceThe candidate will introduce and read aloud 2 pieces, one of which will be chosen from the
Handbook at this grade. The own choice piece should be approximately 200 words and a copy
needs to be provided for the examiner.
Sight ReadingThe candidate will read aloud a passage provided by the examiner.
Questions and Folder of WorkThe candidate will bring to the examination a Folder of Work. It will contain 8 pieces of work that the
candidate has found interesting.
The Folder will conclude with a Personal Reflection on what the candidate found attractive in the
pieces, with an example of what makes one of the pieces especially good to perform.
The candidate will be asked questions on the following topics:
a) Performance pieces – the meaning, vocabulary and choice.
b) Folder of Work – the reasons for the choice of pieces; the content of the Personal Reflection.
Exam Duration15 minutes
PerformanceThe candidate will introduce and read aloud 2 passages, one of which will be chosen from the
Handbook at this grade. The own choice piece should be approximately 200 words and a copy
needs to be provided for the examiner.
Sight ReadingThe candidate will read aloud a passage provided by the examiner.
Questions and Folder of WorkThe candidate will bring to the examination a Folder of Work. It will contain 10 pieces of work that
the candidate has found interesting.
The Folder will conclude with a Personal Reflection on what the candidate found attractive in the
pieces, and an assessment of which piece looks the best to perform.
The candidate will be asked questions on the following topics:
a) Performance pieces – the meaning, vocabulary and choice.
b) Folder of Work – the reasons for the choice of pieces; the content of the Personal Reflection.
Exam Duration15 minutes
PerformanceThe candidate will introduce and read aloud 2 pieces, one of which will be chosen from the
Handbook at this grade, the other from a work of non-fiction. The own choice piece should be
approximately 200 words and a copy needs to be provided for the examiner.
Sight ReadingThe candidate will read aloud a passage provided by the examiner.
Questions and Folder of WorkThe candidate will bring to the examination a Folder of Work. It will contain 12 pieces of work that
the candidate has found interesting.
The Folder will conclude with a Personal Reflection on what the candidate found attractive in the
pieces. The candidate must choose one piece that they find most appealing as a performance piece,
and say why.
The candidate will be asked questions on the following topics:
a) Performance pieces – the meaning, vocabulary and choice.
b) Folder of Work – the reasons for the choice of pieces; the content of the Personal Reflection.
Exam Duration20 minutes
PerformanceThe candidate will introduce and read aloud 2 pieces, one of which will be chosen from the
Handbook at this grade, the other chosen by the examiner from a book chosen by the candidate.
The own choice piece should be approximately 250 words and a copy needs to be provided for the
examiner.
Sight ReadingThe candidate will read aloud a passage provided by the examiner.
Questions and Folder of WorkThe candidate will bring to the examination a Folder of Work. It will contain 16 pieces of writing
linked by a theme of the candidate’s choice.
The Folder will conclude with a Personal Reflection on how the candidate chose the linking theme.
The candidate must choose one piece to use as an example of how you can give colour to a reading.
The candidate will be asked questions on the following topics:
a) Performance pieces – the meaning, vocabulary and authors.
b) Folder of Work – the reasons for the choice of pieces; the content of the Personal Reflection.
Exam Duration20 minutes
PerformanceThe candidate will introduce and read aloud 2 pieces, one of which will be chosen from the
Handbook at this grade, the other a passage from a magazine or newspaper. The own choice piece
should be approximately 300 words and a copy needs to be provided for the examiner.
Sight ReadingThe candidate will read aloud a passage provided by the examiner.
Questions and Folder of WorkThe candidate will bring to the examination a Folder of Work which will give a selection of work from
the candidate’s favourite author.
The Folder will conclude with a Personal Reflection on what features of the style and themes make
the writer their personal favourite.
The candidate will be asked questions on the following topics:
a) Performance pieces – the meaning and vocal styles.
b) Folder of Work – content, including the personal insights gained
Exam Duration25 minutes
PerformanceThe candidate will introduce and read aloud three pieces, one of which will be chosen from the
Handbook at this grade, another a piece of descriptive or satirical verse, and the third a contrasting
piece from the period 1900 to the present. The own choice piece should be approximately 300 words
and a copy needs to be provided for the examiner.
Sight ReadingThe candidate will read aloud a passage provided by the examiner.
Questions and Folder of WorkThe candidate will be asked questions on the following topics:
a) Pieces – the style, content and delivery of the pieces.
b) Theory – to explain the term ‘modulation’ and in relation to the performance of the pieces.
c) Literature – to discuss a Portfolio the candidate has produced on post-1900 literature, EITHER
demonstrating the importance of an individual author OR illustrating a literary movement (e.g.
war poetry, modernism, science fiction, or any other coherent topic that interests the candidate).
The relevance of the topic to the candidate’s own development in speaking and understanding
literature should be indicated.
Exam Duration30 minutes
PerformanceThe candidate will introduce and read aloud three pieces, one of which will be chosen from the
Handbook at this grade; the other two will be contrasting pieces on the same subject. One of the
three pieces must be from the period 1660–1900. The own choice piece must not exceed 3 minutes
and a copy needs to be provided for the examiner.
Sight ReadingThe candidate will read aloud a passage provided by the examiner.
Questions and Folder of WorkThe candidate will be asked questions on the following topics:
a) Pieces – the style, content and delivery of the pieces.
b) Theory – the candidate will discuss presentation and posture in reading aloud in relation to the
performance of the pieces.
c) Literature – to discuss a Portfolio the candidate has produced on literature between 1660 and
1900 EITHER on a significant literary figure OR on an important historical moment that influenced
literature
Exam Duration30 minutes
PerformanceThe candidate will introduce and read aloud:
a) A piece from the Handbook at this grade.
b) Four short passages illustrative of the following subjects:
(i) Autobiography
(ii) Lyric verse or a sonnet
(iii) Reflective writing
(iv) Humour
Two of the five pieces must be from the period 1580–1660. (Reading time of each extract not to
exceed 1½ minutes.)
Sight ReadingThe candidate will read aloud a passage provided by the examiner.
Questions and Folder of WorkThe candidate will be asked questions on the following topics:
a) Pieces – the style, content and delivery of the pieces.
b) Theory – to discuss the elements of effective voice production, including projection and resonance,
with particular reference to one of the chosen pieces; to explain what exercises are personally
beneficial to improve voice production.
c) Literature – to discuss a Portfolio the candidate has produced on literature between 1580 and
1660 OR an 1830 to 1910 work, EITHER about a major literary figure and the reasons for their
importance OR on a social conflict that was reflected in literary writings of the period (e.g. Puritans
and the theatre, aristocracy and the merchant class, the Civil War – OR Chekhov, the beginnings of
the first world war and Stanislavsky method).