LAMDA Exams

About LAMDA

The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) is one of the oldest drama schools in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1861, it quickly established itself as a centre of excellence in performance training. LAMDA has provided theatre and the world of film and television with generation upon generation of first class actors and expertly trained stage managers across the world.

LAMDA began offering speech examinations to the public in the 1880s. Since then, these examinations have been refined and developed into a comprehensive system of performance evaluation by experts in education, communication and acting. In addition to being the UK’s largest statutory speech and drama awarding body, LAMDA Examinations has a reputation for excellence across the globe.

Preparation for an examination can:

  • unlock imagination and creative-thinking
  • develop communication skills
  • refine technical skills and artistry
  • promote team-work

The examinations themselves provide learners with an opportunity to:

  • measure progress against an international standard
  • make contact with expert practitioner assessors outside the immediate teaching environment
  • build self-confidence and self-esteem
  • acquire skill certification for career development
  • receive critical appraisal and guidance for future development

The range of exam options supports progression and allows the learner to extend personal and vocational skills as well as to realise their potential.

The exams offered by Lost for Words are Acting and Devising Drama. These exams can be taken as 'solo' or 'duo' exams.

Level 3 examinations are recognised within the UCAS tariff for UK university entrance.

LAMDA offers open access to all examinations, irrespective of ethnicity, nationality, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, creed or marital status.

LAMDA will comply with the terms of all relevant UK legislation, including the Disability Discrimination Act, with regard to access arrangements and reasonable adjustments to the examination process.

Such adjustments must be agreed before an examination to enable learners who might not otherwise be able to do so to demonstrate their attainment or competence.

The qualifications are available at four levels, in line with the Qualifications and Credit Framework.

Level Grade
Entry Level Entry
Level 1 Grades 1, 2, 3
Level 2 Grades 4, 5
Level 3 Grade 6 - Bronze Medal
Grade 7 - Silver Medal
Grade 8 - Gold Medal

Graded Examinations in Performance: Acting and Performance: Devising Drama are offered in the following formats:

  • Solo (one learner) – where the learner performs alone
  • Duologue (two learners) – where learners perform all scenes together
  • Combined (two learners) – where learners perform one solo scene each and one duologue (not available at Entry Level or Level 3: Advanced) NB: Combined assessment is available in the ACTING exams only.

Learning outcomes and assessment criteria are set at each level; often covering a range of grades (e.g. Level 1 covers Grades 1, 2 and 3). However, there is still a qualitative difference in outcome between individual grades within each level.

This is because:

  • The repertoire chosen by the learner should increase in linguistic and technical difficulty as the grades progress
  • The knowledge required for the set discussion increases in technical difficulty as the grades progress

Exam requirements

Specific requirements will vary according to Grade and chosen pieces etc. Each exam candidate will be given a full list of their own personal requirements along with an exam entry form. Once the form is returned, with payment for the exam, Lost For Words will consider that the full terms, conditions and requirements have been accepted.

All of the 'learning outcomes' will form part of the Lost For Words workshops and exam preparation. Provided the theory has been learned, candidates will be taking their exams with confidence in their ability to pass.

Here are some basic things that apply to all the exams:

Performance: Acting

  • Most candidates will need their own copy of The LAMDA Acting Anthology (exact volume to be advised, according to Grade entered)
  • Candidates are required to purchase a second monologue/duologue book from a list that will be provided by Lost For Words
  • Level 3 Candidates will need a third book, as advised by Lost for Words
  • Candidates will be expected to perform at least 2 prepared monologues or duologues (or a combination of each) from memory, depending on Level entered
  • Candidates will engage in a question and answer session with the examiner, covering the 'learning outcomes' for their Grade. For example, they will be able to answer questions on how the characters have been explored, and created, as well as having a solid understanding of stage craft, and theatre terminology
  • Exams last between 10 and 35 minutes, depending on Grade, and whether the exam is solo, duo or combined
  • Candidates will need appropriate clothing. This should be rehearsal wear (not costume, and no jeans). Boys will need black trousers / dance trousers / smart black sports-trousers. Girls will need long black practice skirts, as well as trousers (as per the boys). Tops will vary, but all candidates should have a Lost for Words T-shirt
  • Footwear must be worn. No trainers. We suggest a basic dance shoe – specific style will be advised when the full exam details are sent out
  • A small number of props is acceptable

Performance: Devised Drama

  • Candidates will present at least two devised scenes that have been prepared during the Lost for Words workshops. There is a choice of subject matter given by LAMDA
  • Scenes will either have been inspired by a specific object (eg. an umbrella); will have to take place in a given environment (eg. a classroom); by an emotion (eg. greed) or by character (eg. clown) etc. Specific requirements vary with the Levels and Grades.
  • Candidates will be able to explain their choices to the examiner, and how they developed the scene
  • Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of the structure of a scene, and be able to identify important moments within the scene
  • Higher Grades will be able to discuss staging/direction, sound effects, tension, historical references, stage craft, theatre terminology etc.
  • Exams last between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on Grade, and whether the exam is solo or duo
  • Candidates will need appropriate clothing. This should be rehearsal wear (not costume, and no jeans). Boys will need black trousers / dance trousers / smart black sports-trousers. Girls will need long black practice skirts, as well as trousers (as per the boys). Tops will vary, but all candidates should have a Lost for Words T-shirt
  • Footwear must be worn. No trainers. We suggest a basic dance shoe – specific style will be advised when the full exam details are sent out
  • A small number of props is acceptable

Acting or Devised Drama?

Some students excel at creating a scene from scratch, others find their strengths lie in text-based drama. Before a decision over which exam is most appropriate, all prospective candidates will need to learn a short monologue, and to devise a scene. The devising will be done in pairs/small groups. This will allow us to assess strengths, and also to decide on Grade.

The student's own preference will also be taken into consideration. It may be possible for some students to follow both paths.

When decisions have been taken, we will send out entry forms. Please make careful note of the closing dates on the forms. The college do not accept late entries; if you miss the date, this would put the exam back three or four months to the next session.


Fees 2011/2012

Below is a list of exam fees, as published on the LAMDA website. Lost For Words also request a £3.50 admin fee per exam, but we do not charge for Mock Exams, which we will arrange for each candidate.

Acting Solo Duo Combined
Entry £26.50 £47.00 -
Grade 1 £29.50 £53.00 £53.00
Grade 2 £31.50 £57.00 £57.00
Grade 3 £34.00 £61.50 £61.50
Grade 4 £40.50 £73.00 £73.00
Grade 5 £44.50 £76.00 £76.00
Grade 6 £52.50 £89.50 -
Grade 7 £57.50 £100.00 -
Grade 8 £66.00 £114.50 -
Devising Drama Solo Duo
Entry £26.50 £47.00
Grade 1 £29.50 £53.00
Grade 2 £31.50 £57.00
Grade 3 £34.00 £61.50
Grade 4 £40.50 £73.00
Grade 5 £44.50 £76.00
Grade 6 £52.50 £89.50
Grade 7 £57.50 £100.00
Grade 8 £66.00 £114.50

We hope that tells you what you want to know about LAMDA exams. If you have any questions, please e-mail via our website www.L4W.co.uk or you might like to wait until the specific details for your child are sent home.


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Revised: November 2011

 
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