Grade Two Exam Preparation

Students can be entered for the Grade Two examination from the age of 7 years. They must be at a level where they can execute the syllabus work without the aid of a teacher and know the work fully without being prompted.

Students enter the examination in groups of 1, 2 or 3’s.

The students enter the examination room with number 3 leading in, they will have their exam forms with them which they hand into the examiner and each student should have their number pinned onto their front. Once they have done this they line up in front of the examiner starting with number 1 from left to right.

They say either “Good morning” or “Good afternoon” and the examiner will check their names before they commence.


The exam is only 15 minutes long. Make sure that the next group of candidates are ready to go into the exam room once your first group has entered.

Some examiners like to ring a bell to let you know when they are ready for the next group but others like to just keep the groups flowing one and the other. Make sure you check with your examiner before the session starts as to which way they prefer.


We would always encourage putting a stronger candidate with a weaker one, and when numbering the children make sure number 1 and 3 are the strongest candidates as they are the ones who will lead in some of the exercises. 


Your music must be operated by an independent person, not the teacher. There should be a screen around this person so they are unable to see the students but must be able to see the examiner.

Your playlist should be unticked so that the tracks don’t run straight into each other.


These must be covered if your students are facing them. If they are dancing with their backs to them they can be left uncovered. 


Girls: Leotard, pink ballet tights (under 12’s may wear pink ballet socks) pink ballet shoes with elastics or ribbons.

Hair in a ballet bun. If too short for a bun you will be required to use a ballet hairband.

No jewellery, nail polish or makeup.

Boys: Black tights or shorts, black leotard or unitard, white ballet socks, black ballet shoes

Hair out of eyes and tidy.