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AMEB (NSW) is pleased to announce that Repertoire exams by video will continue to be offered in 2022.
The exam process for Video Repertoire Exams is as shown in the following diagram:
Please note the timeline is a guide only. Times may vary due to the number of video exams submitted, type of instrument and examiner availability.
Please click on the headings below to reveal more.
Repertoire exams are different from the preparation for a traditional exam. An overview of the exam requirements can be found in the Subjects section of our website. Please refer to the current Manual of Syllabuses for examination regulations and specific details for your grade, subject and instrument. Click for more information on Preparation and accompaniment and when to record your exam.
When you are close to being ready to record the performance, you can think about enrolling for the exam. Once enrolled, you have up to 21 days (from the date of enrolment) to complete the recording and submit to AMEB (NSW). Click for a step by step guide on how to enrol for your exam.
For your video to be assessable, please ensure:
- you have checked the syllabus requirements for Repertoire Exams.
- the candidate clearly states their name, date (including year), subject and grade at the start of the video. See the script below as an example of how the candidate could introduce themselves. This may be read by the candidate if preferred.
- the entire video is recorded in one continuous take from the beginning of the candidate's introduction to the end of the last piece.
- the video is recorded no earlier than three (3) weeks prior to enrolment and no later than three (3) weeks after enrolment (videos recorded in 2021 are not accepted).
- both hands (instruments), feet/pedals (piano) or whole body (voice) can be easily seen.
- the video is NOT in mirror image (not recorded using the selfie camera as this can reverse the image).
Click for important tips on recording your video like supervision, recording devices and the best way to set up your recording environment for various instruments. This will ensure the examiner can see all they need to assess the candidate properly.
Recording guidelines for Rockschool exams can be found here.
Now that you have recorded your video, you are ready to upload it to YouTube. When you have done this, complete the final step of submitting the video for examination.
When uploading your video please ensure:
- you have checked the quality and completeness of the video yourself before submitting.
- the video setting in YouTube is 'Unlisted', and remains that way until the end of the calendar year.
- you do not use other file sharing systems. YouTube is is the only way to submit your video for examination.
Complete the submission form:
- on this page for music videos.
- on this page for Drama and Communication videos.
- on this page for Rockschool videos.
You will need:
- Enroller/teacher name, AMEB teacher number and email address
- Candidate name, number, date of birth and email address
- Instrument category, subject and grade
- Copied YouTube link
- Composer and title of each piece
- Supervisor details
After submitting the form successfully, you will receive a confirmation email. Check your junk folder if you have not received it in your inbox. This is confirmation that your submission has been received. You do not need to contact the AMEB (NSW) office unless a confirmation email has not been received by the following day.
Once a video exam has been submitted, it is scheduled into a timetable for an examiner to view. The date of this timetable will be around 3 weeks from when the video is submitted.
The examiner will view a number of videos in the one examining session.
Certificates will be posted within four (4) weeks of the examination viewing date, provided all additional requirements have been met. Please be patient waiting for your certificates to arrive during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Continuing to be offered in 2022
When should I be recording my Video Repertoire Exam recording?
The Video Repertoire Exam recording must be recorded no earlier than three (3) weeks prior to enrolment and no later than three (3) weeks after enrolment.
Does the Video Repertoire Exam performance require an accompanist?
If the work is written with accompaniment it must be performed with accompaniment which may be provided by an associate artist or a recording.
Does the candidate need to prepare Technical Work?
No. There are no Technical Work requirements for Repertoire exams.
What is the cost for a Video Repertoire Exam?
The cost is the same as the equivalent ‘face to face’ exam. Refer to the exam fees and codes page.
Will the candidate receive a certificate?
Yes. Once the assessment has been made, the report and result will be available on AMEB Connect and the appropriate certificate will be mailed to the enrolling person. The turnaround time will vary from two to four weeks, depending on the volume of examinations and postal services.
What if the video recording is not of good quality?
It is the enroller’s responsibility to ensure that the video is of examinable quality – sound and vision. If an examiner finds that the recording is not of examinable quality, the exam will be marked ‘Unable to Assess’.
Is a Repertoire Exam easier to pass than the Comprehensive Exam?
This alternate format does not imply a way to cut corners in a student’s musical advancement. Sound musical technique and understanding is not directly examined in a Repertoire Exam, but it still must be inherent in the performance of the student’s program of works. Examiners will still ensure comments and grades are provided according to the syllabus requirements and grading descriptors in the AMEB Manual of Syllabuses. Aspects of technique or musicality found lacking will be commented upon and reflected in the grade awarded.
As the Comprehensive and the Repertoire Exams are comparable in rigour, from 2022 candidates may continue along their exam pathway with a mixture of these exam formats, or switch from one format to the other as they progress through the grades.
Will Repertoire Exam results count as an Adjustment Factor in University bonus point schemes?
UNSW and ANU have confirmed that they will recognise AMEB Grade 8 Repertoire as equivalent to AMEB Grade 8 Comprehensive results in their EAPL scheme from 2020 onward. Please contact the relevant university directly for more information.
What are the advantages of a Video Repertoire Exam?
- This format also offers greater enrolment flexibility. Candidates can enrol for a Video Repertoire Exam outside of their postcode period ie anytime before the closing date for Video Exams and submit their Video within 3 weeks of enrolling.
- Candidates can record their exam performance at any time or venue that is convenient for them.
- Video Repertoire Exams are the only guaranteed exam option for grade candidates this year.
If the above sections of information do not address your specific issue or question, a member of AMEB (NSW)’s administrative team can be contacted by completing the Video Exams Enquiry Form.