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Face-to-Face and Video Repertoire exams


There may be occasions when teachers, parents and/or candidates wish to lodge a formal appeal about an exam result. Appeals are only accepted from the enrolling person, and only on the official Practical Grade Examinations Appeal form. Appeals must be received within ten (10) business days of the result being uploaded to AMEB Connect.

Formal procedures must be followed to appeal an exam result. The procedures ensure that:

  • The appellant and candidate are treated with respect and equity.
  • AMEB (NSW) examiners are provided with the right of reply to the appeal.
  • All formal appeals to AMEB (NSW) are treated with sensitivity and confidentiality.



All Appeal Forms must include the Credit card details otherwise the Appeal cannot be processed.

  • $40 Practical Grade Appeal fee (face-to-face or video)

NOTE: Appeals that are upheld will receive a refund of the appeal fee.

Appeal fees must be paid prior to completing the appeal form. The appeal must be purchased through AMEB Connect.

  • Under the 'Buy Products' icon, simply add the appeal to your basket.
  • Pay for the appeal.
  • Wait for the confirmation email.
  • Include the reference number from the confirmation email in the Practical Grade Examinations Appeal form.


Appeals must be submitted on the Practical Grade Examinations Appeal form and must address the grounds for appeal below. Attachments will NOT be accepted.


Appeals will be considered on the following grounds:

  • A procedural error on the part of the examiner.
  • An apparent discrepancy between the examiner’s written comments and the result awarded, in relation to published grading descriptors and syllabus objectives.
  • Studio facilities had a direct and substantially adverse effect on the candidate's performance. *not relevant to video repertoire exams 

Appeals will NOT be accepted on the following grounds:

  • Questioning the grade awarded to the candidate, without any relevant specific grounds.
  • Questioning the academic judgement of the examiner.
  • Comparing the result with that of another candidate.
  • Comparing a candidate’s results from one year to another.
  • Previous performances including school and studio recitals, and eisteddfods etc.

For fairness and equity reasons all video exam submissions are assessed applying the same principles as face-to-face exams. Requests to re-watch the recorded video performance as part of an appeal (or for any other reason) will not be accepted.



1. Appeals are received by the State Manager.

2. The State Manager determines if the appeal meets the grounds for an appeal.

3. If the appeal does not meet the grounds, the appellant will be notified, and no further action taken.

4. Appeals that meet the grounds are sent to the examiner with a copy of the exam report.

5. Examiners must provide a written response to the State Manager.

6. The State Manager considers all documentation and determines the outcome of the appeal.

7. Appeals that require further consideration are referred to the AMEB (NSW) Examinations Committee.

8. The AMEB (NSW) Board may be consulted regarding issues of more serious nature, including legal matters.


1. After due consideration of the issues raised and in consultation with AMEB (NSW) examiners, administrators and/or Board members, as appropriate, a written response will be provided to the appellant.

2. Due to the nature of required processes/procedures it can take up to 8 weeks to provide a response.