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AMEB (NSW) is pleased to announce that Repertoire exams by video will remain an ongoing exam option for all enrollers.
Please only enrol when the candidate is almost ready to record their exam performance. Unlike face-to-face exams, the enroller must submit the video directly after enrolment (up to 21 days after enrolment is permitted).
Consult the timeline below for each step of the Video Exam process:
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.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE:
- All AMEB video submissions are now submitted by the enroller through AMEB Connect ONLY.
- YouTube and TryBooking for AMEB video exams will no longer be used.
- The Rockschool video submission process remains unchanged and all video exam recordings must be submitted via this page
Please click on the headings below to reveal more information..
Understand the specific requirements of a Video Repertoire Exam as the number of pieces can vary from a comprehensive exam. In some grades an extra piece is required.
Drama and Communications exams may also be examined via video. Find out more here.
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. The Video Repertoire Exam recording should be recorded as close as possible to the enrolment date.
- 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).
Script for Video exam introduction - PDF
Script for Video Exam introduction - DOC
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 the video has been recorded, the enroller can upload it to AMEB Connect.
For a detailed guide on how to upload the video to AMEB Connect click here.
BEFORE you upload your video please ensure:
- you have checked the quality and completeness of the video yourself.
- you have recorded the video in one continous recording (have only one video recording).
- you have recorded the video no earlier than three (3) weeks prior to enrolment, or no later than three (3) weeks after enrolment.
You will need:
- video recording (saved on your computer or device)
- exam repertoire details (List piece type, Title and Composer of each piece, or Orchestral Excerpts)
- supervisor details (name and phone number)
Once you have clicked submit, AMEB Connect (My Candidates) will be updated and display the date you submitted the video submission. The enrolment will progress through the scheduling process.
Go to the Video Repertoire Exam submission page when you're ready to submit your candidates’ video.
PLEASE NOTE: All Rockschool Video exam recordings must be submitted via this page
Once a video recording has been submitted, the enrolment will proceed through the scheduling process. Once a date and time has been scheduled, the enroller will see these details under 'My Candidates' in AMEB Connect. This is the date the video recording will be viewed by a Specialist AMEB NSW Examiner.
The examiner will view a number of videos in the one examining session.
The examiner will provide an exam report for every video exam submitted. These reports will be uploaded to AMEB Connect within two (2) to four (4) weeks of the exam date.
Certificates will be posted within four (4) weeks of the examination viewing date, provided all additional requirements have been met.
Continuing to be offered in 2022
When should I be recording my Video Repertoire Exam recording?
The Video Repertoire Exam recording should be recorded as close as possible to the enrolment date. However, videos are accepted if they were recorded no later than, or no earlier than, three (3) weeks from the date of enrolment.
Does the Video Repertoire Exam performance require an accompanist?
All Repertoire exam items that have a printed accompaniment part must be presented with live piano accompaniment. Find out more here.
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 Repertoire exam?
- Video Repertoire exams are the only guaranteed exam option for grade candidates this year (with the exception of Grade 8 and Certificate of Performance).
- This format also offers greater enrolment flexibility. Candidates can enrol for a Video exam outside of their postcode period and submit their Video exam within 3 weeks of enrolling.
- Within the confines of the Video Exam sessions, candidates can record their exam performance at any time of day or venue that is convenient for them.
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.