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COVID-19 Update

 

LATEST COVID-19 NEWS AND UPDATES

AND THE IMPACT ON AMEB (NSW) EXAMS

Information as at 3.00pm 8/10/2021
Please continue to check this page for updated information.


AMEB (NSW) will be acting in accordance with official advice regarding COVID-19 from health authorities NSW Health and the Australian Government Department of Health and adhering to Sydney stay at home rules.

Our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of all AMEB candidates, accompanists, examiners and administrative personnel.

Please note:

It is the responsibility of all candidates, teachers and accompanists to adhere to NSW or ACT Government directives. At the time of recording your exam, carefully check the Public Health Orders in effect in your Local Government Area (LGA) or call the NSW COVID Hotline or ACT COVID Hotline.

FACE-TO-FACE GRADE EXAMS CANCELLED

The following face-to-face exams have been cancelled and enrollers notified of their options:

  • Metro Music Second (sessions 03 and 33) - Periods 3, 4 and 5 (in addition to the cancellation of Periods 1 and 2) for P Plate, Preliminary to Grade 8
  • Percussion (session 09)
  • Accordion, Harp and Organ (session 30)
  • Regional Second (session 08)
  • Rockschool Second (session 85)
  • Written (session 05 Speech and Performance Theory and Music Craft Grade 5 and 6)
  • Written session 55 (Theory on Application)

No further enrolments will be accepted for:

  • Face-to-face P Plate and Preliminary to Grade 8 exams
  • Practical Diploma exams (session 04)
  • Written Diploma on Application (session 50)

Enrolments will continue for

  • Online written exams (session 90),
  • Video Repertoire exams (session 21),
  • Rockschool Video exams (session 81).

Speech and Drama (session 10) enrollers have been contacted with their options.

CURRENT ADVICE REGARDING EXAMS

Metropolitan face-to-face exams
  • Music (Sessions 03 & Session 33)
  • Percussion (session 09)
  • Accordion, Harp and Organ (session 30)
  • Rockschool Second (session 85)

Due to the worsening of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Greater Sydney area in recent weeks, and for the safety of the entire AMEB (NSW) community, all face-to-face grade exams at AMEB venues and all Private External venues are cancelled. Enrollers have been offered a refund or transfer to Video Repertoire exam for P Plate to Grade 8 enrolments. Certificate of Performance candidates can enrol in a two section video exam, which will only be offered in 2021. All affected enrollers have been emailed with their options and been given the opportunity to respond.

Enrolments for Certificate of Performance two section video exams are now closed.

 

Metropolitan face-to-face exams - Diploma (Session 04)

For the same reason, face-to-face Diploma exams will not be held during September or October. We are exploring the option of moving these examinations to 1 November - 11 December 2021, but this is subject to NSW Government restrictions during this timeframe. Again, all affected enrollers have been emailed with their options and been given the opportunity to respond.

 

Regional face-to-face exams - Second session (Session 08)

All face-to-face piano grade exams in Canberra, Newcastle and Wollongong are cancelled. Enrollers have been offered a refund or transfer to Video Repertoire exam for P Plate to Grade 8 enrolments. Certificate of Performance piano candidates can enrol in a two section video exam in the Metro Music Second Session (session 33) in Period 5. Speech and Drama candidates can enrol in the Metro Speech and Drama Second Session (session 10) in Period 3.

 

Speech and Drama face-to-face exams - Second session (Session 10)

Due to the worsening of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Greater Sydney area in recent weeks, and for the safety of the entire AMEB (NSW) community, face-to-face Speech and Drama exams for Session 10 have been cancelled. No further enrolments for Period 1 will be accepted. However, Periods 2, and 3 will open for enrolments on Monday 30 August for a live online exam only.

A live online exam option is being piloted for Speech and Drama grade and diploma candidates in Period 1 & 2. This same format will be offered for Period 3 exams if the pilot is successful. The exam will be conducted in the same format as a face-to-face exam for the original enrolment. The interactive exchange will be held between the candidate and the examiner via Microsoft Teams.

 

Written Exams (session 05 and session 55)

 

All face-to-face written exams are cancelled. Enrollers have been notified.

 

Video Repertoire Exams

These exams are proceeding as normal. Enrolments are open until 11 October 2021 and videos must be submitted within three weeks of enrolment. Please note that due to the ongoing lockdown, results and certificates may be delayed. Please see here for more information.

 

Rockschool Video Exams

These exams are proceeding as normal. Enrolments are open until 1 November 2021 and videos must be submitted within three weeks of enrolment. Please note that due to the ongoing lockdown, results and certificates may be delayed. Please see here for more information.


CURRENT ADVICE REGARDING RESULTS AND CERTIFICATES

Exam results – Metro and Regional

Delays to the uploading of results and delivery of certificates are currently unavoidable due to staff being required to work from home since the end of June. We regret that AMEB (NSW) is unable to meet the usual result timeline of up to four weeks. We thank you for your patience and understanding given the current circumstances.