RSL launches exams by video to support socially distanced candidates

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The international examinations board RSL Awards has announced that its examinations are now available by video, enabling music students studying the Rockschool syllabus to take an exam regardless of current social distancing measures.

The board said that ‘we are highly conscious of the impact that Covid-19 is having on musicians, teachers, students and business. We want to do everything we can to help maintain consistent provisions so that everyone can stay engaged, active and working towards an achievable end goal’.

Video exams allow students to have the flexibility to take their exam from a place of their convenience, entailing less travel and no waiting time. Candidates have the option of two types of recorded exam:

  • Performance Certificate (Debut – Grade 8): Candidates must record and upload five performance pieces (up to three can be free choice pieces)
  • Graded Certificate (Debut – Grade 5): Candidates must record and upload three performance pieces (up to two free choice pieces) and ALL of the technical exercises from Groups A – D in the Rockschool Gradebook

Both of these can be taken at a time and place that suits the candidate simply by submitting a continuous, unedited video recording of all the appropriate prepared elements in a similar way to a standard face-to-face exam. The same exam criteria will be applied but candidates will not be assessed on the Unseen Tests.

RSL examiners will then be able to view the candidate’s exam and provide an accurate assessment of their achievements, providing feedback and their final mark using our standard RSL processes.

Further information

Please visit RSL’s dedicated Video Exam online resource for more information about the intricacies of each exam available, how to submit a video exam, video framing and audio capture guidance, and further supporting videos to help record an exam in the highest quality possible.

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