What Is a LAMDA Exam?
Created and overseen by the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, LAMDA Exams might be described as the drama equivalent of music grades.
Many of our students choose to take Performance exams such as Acting, either individually or in pairs. We also enter Playing Space students for exams in Communications. Subjects include Speaking in Public and Speaking Verse and Prose.
LAMDA offers a range of other exams, such as Shakespeare, Devising Drama and Miming. Our youngest students have the opportunity to take Introductory Exams, which explore essential poetry and conversation skills. Here is an outline of the grades offered:
Introductory Level – Stage 1, 2, 3
Level 1 – Grades 1, 2, 3
Level 2 – Grades 4 and 5 (same tier as GCSE Exams)
Level 3 – Grades 6, 7 and 8: Bronze Medal, Silver Medal, Gold Medal (same tier as A-Level and BTEC Exams)
How Are They Marked?
The maximum score in a LAMDA Exam is 100. 40 marks are awarded for Interpretation, 40 for Technique and 20 for Knowledge.
- The Interpretation mark reflects the candidate’s imaginative engagement with the written word. It measures how well they have grasped and communicated both the surface message and the underlying emotional content.
- The Technique mark reflects the candidate’s vocal and physical performance. It measures how well they have used the voice and body to express their message and engage the listener.
- The Knowledge mark reflects the candidate’s understanding of language and/or performance techniques. It measures how well they have shared ideas in a discussion.
Overall marks are awarded as follows: