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Speech exams

Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Qld offers graded practical and written examinations in Speech and Drama, with the AMEB Syllabus being one of the most widely used Speech and Drama curricula in Australia.

Assessing students from Preliminary to Diploma levels, candidates can study Voice and Communication, Speech and Performance (formerly Drama and Performance), Drama and Communication, and Speech and Performance Theory.

Voice and Communication

Voice and Communication exams are designed to develop voice and communication skills both for everyday life and the professional sector, and exams are offered from Preliminary grade to associate. The exams are designed to develop confidence in communications:

  • the skills to read effectively
  • speak with clarity
  • make presentations to a variety of audiences.

'Pre-exams' are also offered in Voice and Communication. Often, a young, inexperienced or enthusiastic student wants to do an exam but does not have the requisite maturity and skills. The pre-exam offers candidates—individually or in a small group (2–3 people)—the opportunity to experience the examination situation in an enjoyable and non-graded environment.

Speech and Performance (formerly Drama and Performance)

Speech and Performance exams are designed to develop interpretative and performance skills across a broad spectrum of styles, genres and eras, and are offered from Preliminary to Licentiate Diploma level. Candidates will achieve secure vocal technique, integrated physical response and imaginative and insightful presentation of texts. They will develop the skills required for interpreting to audiences in a variety of performance spaces.

Drama and Communication

The Drama and Communication Syllabus offers a series of examinations in the area of performing arts. The exams are especially designed for a wide range of drama and speech learning environments and provide for creative flexibility within these contexts. The syllabus should appeal to both classroom Drama teachers and Speech and Drama teachers working in a private studio.

It is a multi-optional syllabus and candidates may present for examination:

  • in one large class group in which sub groups could work together to flesh out the focus and performance for the chosen grade—these students would present one examination lasting 30 minutes (or more according to level)
  • in pairs (duo)
  • as individual candidates.

Speech and Performance Theory

Speech and Performance Theory exams are an opportunity for candidates to show their understanding of the functional framework of speech and performance, and are offered from 1st grade to 7th grade. The exams are designed to have relevance for a wide range of candidates, focusing on progressive consolidation of knowledge relating to dramatic performance, oral interpretation and spoken interaction in a variety of communication situations.

For more information on any of the Speech and Drama Syllabuses, please refer to the current 2019 Speech and Drama Manual of Syllabuses or contact the AMEB Qld state office on (07) 3634 0933.

If you are looking to enrol in a Speech and Drama exam, or are a current candidate, the following documents are available for download:

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Last updated 22 November 2019