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The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Exams



 Date:18 September 2023


Updates on RAV Session – Oct to Nov 2023


Admission letters and instruction to candidates for RAV session have been emailed to the teachers on 18 September 2023. Teachers who have not yet received the email should call 3628 8787 within business hours for enquiries.


 Date:15 September 2023


Updates on AEC and AEC (Filmed) Session – Oct to Nov 2023


Admission letters and instruction to candidates for AEC and AEC (Filmed) session have been emailed to the teachers on 15 September 2023. Teachers who have not yet received the email should call 3628 8787 within business hours for enquiries.


 Date:25 August 2023



RAV Examinations – Oct to Nov 2023

Since the number of RAV examination entries at Youth Square Chai Wan is more than expected in Oct – Nov 2023 session, additonal examination days and practice sessions will be arranged.


RAV Examination Days at Youth Square Chai Wan:

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during 3 Oct – 14 Nov


Practice Sessions at Youth Square Chai Wan:

30 Sep and 7 Oct


RAV Examination Days and Practice Session at Yuen Long Theatre:

No change


Applicants should immediately inform their RAV examination candidates who have selected Youth Square in their entries the above update and ask them to reserve those days for examinations. The admission letter with examination allocation and information will be emailed to applicants by mid-September.

The HKEAA administers both the General Graded Examinations (Graded Examinations, Class Awards, Solo Performance Awards & Demonstration Classes) and the Vocational Graded Examinations of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). The RAD examinations are the most popular classical ballet examinations in Hong Kong.



Entry Requirements
For Demonstration Classes, the following target ages apply:


Target Age
Demonstration Class Level 1 2.5 years to 3.5 years
Demonstration Class Level 2 3.5 years to 4.5 or 5 years


For reasons of safe dance practice, candidates' age must meet the minimum age requirement for RAD examination. The RAD policy on minimum age is as follows:

  • For General/ Vocational Graded Examinations that take place between May and June in Hong Kong, all candidates MUST have reached the minimum age by 31 December in the year which they take the examination.
  • For General/ Vocational Graded Examinations that take place between October and November in Hong Kong, all candidates MUST have reached the minimum age by 31 December in the year in which they take the examination.


Age Requirements
General Graded Examinations
Pre-Primary in Dance 5 years and over
Primary in Dance 6 years and over
Grades 1 - 5 7 years and over
Grades 6 - 8 11 years and over
Discovering Repertoire
Level 2 - 4  12 years and over


Age Requirements
Vocational Graded Examinations
Intermediate Foundation (optional) 11 years and over
Intermediate 12 years and over
Advanced Foundation (optional) 13 years and over
Advanced 1 14 years and over
Advanced 2 15 years and over
Solo Seal 15 years and over

For Vocational Graded Examinations, candidates should pass the Examinations in the order shown above, but does not need to take Foundation examinations, as these are optional. Candidates entering for the Solo Seal must have achieved Distinction in Advanced 2 examination.



Examination and Registration Timetable

The RAD examinations take place twice annually. All Grades Examinations except Solo Seal held in Approved Examination Centres (AEC) are referred as 'AEC Session'. All Grades Examinations held in RAD Approved Venues (RAV) are referred as 'RAV Session'.

All entries must be submitted via RAD Online Exam Entries.  Please see the school registration instructions in the Application Guidelines for RAD Online Exam Entries which are available in the Members' Area.

Candidates can ONLY be entered by RAD Registered Teachers or by the Principals or Administrators of RAD Registered Schools which employ or contract RAD Registered Teachers. NO private candidates are allowed to enter themselves.

Registration for the examinations in May to June takes place in January while that for the examinations between October and November takes place in June.

The examination and registration schedule in the year 2023 is as follows:

Examination Session
Examination Formats
Examination Period
Registration Period
May - Jun 2023

Filmed Examination at AEC /

Live Examination at AEC /

Live Examination at RAV

3 May - 12 Jun 2023

7 Feb - 6 Mar 2023


Examination Session
Examination Formats
Examination Period
Registration Period
Oct - Nov 2023

Filmed Examination at AEC /

Live Examination at AEC /

Live Examination at RAV

3 Oct - 14 Nov 2023

28 Jun - 25 Jul 2023


More than one examination format can be selected in the same examination session. A separate exam entry must be submitted for different examination format.


No alteration to the examination format or examination session is allowed once online application is submitted.



Examination Fee

The registration fees for the examinations in the year 2023 are as follows:


 RAV (HK$)
Demonstration Class Level 1 334 (per candidate)  535 (per candidate)
Demonstration Class Level 2 334 (per candidate)  535 (per candidate)



Approved Examination Centre (AEC)/ Levels

Class Award (HK$) 

Solo Performance Award (HK$)

Member Rates (HK$)

Full Rates(HK$) 
Pre-Primary in Dance ---  --- 567 ---
Primary in Dance 727 637 ---
Grade 1 793 688 637
Grade 2 849 752 703
Grade 3 971 836 767
Grade 4 1,055 921 849
Grade 5 1,202 1,010 926
Grade 6 1,326 1,106 998
Grade 7 1,364 1,146 1,070
Grade 8 1,416 1,190 ---
Intermediate Foundation 1,428 --- --- 
Intermediate 1,480 --- ---
Advanced Foundation 1,466 2,296 --- ---
Advanced 1 1,518 2,354 --- ---
Advanced 2 1,571 2,401 --- ---
Discovering Repertoire Level 2 579 451 --- 
Discovering Repertoire Level 3 656 527 ---
Discovering Repertoire Level 4 735 605 ---

*Minimum fee payable if examining time less than three hours: HK$17,892


RAD Approved Venues (RAV)/ Levels

Class Award (HK$)
Solo Performance Award (HK$)

Member Rates (HK$)

Full Rates (HK$)
Pre-Primary in Dance --- ---  752 --- 
Primary in Dance 921 831 ---
Grade 1 978 881 831
Grade 2 1,088 946 894
Grade 3 1,152 1,030 959
Grade 4 1,223 1,106 1,035
Grade 5 1,371 1,197 1,120
Grade 6 1,475 1,300 1,192
Grade 7 1,507 1,338 1,264
Grade 8 1,550 1,377 ---
Intermediate Foundation 1,565 --- ---
Intermediate 1,597 --- ---
Advanced Foundation 1,614 2,444 --- ---
Advanced 1 1,647 2,483 --- ---
Advanced 2 1,693 2,522 --- ---
Solo Seal 2,006 2,837 --- ---
Discovering Repertoire Level 2  735 605 --- 
Discovering Repertoire Level 3 810 682 --- 
Discovering Repertoire Level 4 889 761 --- 


Fees paid are NOT refundable and are NOT transferable from one examination to another or from one candidate to another or for any other purpose.


If a candidate is absent from the examination because of illness, application for half refund of the examination fees can be made in writing within two weeks from the date of examination upon presentation of original medical certificate issued by a registered doctor. No application will be accepted after the deadline.



Forms and Guidelines



Examinations Results and Certificates
Results will be issued via the applicant's RAD online exam entries account after the end of the examiner's tours. RAD sends result forms. certificates and medals (if any) directly to the exam entries applicants. Due to COVID-19 pandemic issues (lockdowns, issues with post or dispatch) there may be delays with certificates (including application for replacement certificate) and medals.



Certificate Replacement Service

Replacement fees set by RAD for 2023:

Replacement of Certificate/Result Form HK$255 each
Replacement of Demonstration Class Certificate HK$128 each
Replacement of Medal/Bar HK$120 each 

Please follow the below application procedures: 

  1. Complete the application form on RAD website. (Click here for the application form)
  2. Send your replacement request to
  3. Return the original certificate(s)/medal(s) (if any) to HKEAA San Po Kong office during office hours (Monday - Friday 8:30a.m. to 5:30p.m.). 

The replacement items will be ready for collection around one to two months after submission subject to the RAD replacement services and shipments. The HKEAA will inform the applicant by email when the replacement item(s) arrives HKEAA office in San Po Kong.


Teaching Programme

Details of the programme, entry requirements can be found from RAD's website at:

For further information, please contact Miss Jan Pang (Director, Hong Kong)

Tel: (852) 9180 0886


Address: PO Box 33424, Sheung Wan Post Office, Hong Kong



Data Privacy
Personal data of applicants/candidates are used by the HKEAA and the Examination Board for delivery of examination and assessment services. Whether you provide the requested personal data is voluntary. However, if you fail to provide all the data, or if any of the data are inaccurate or incomplete, the HKEAA may not be able to accept your entry or provide all or part of the examination and assessment services. The personal data submitted may also be used for:
  1. assisting tertiary institutions and other government/public organisations in their admission processes;
  2. assisting tertiary institutions and other government/public organisations in respect of their requests for information in granting scholarships;
  3. assisting tertiary institutions and other government/public organisations to confirm the candidates’ eligibility for financial assistance or other forms of subsidization, in which case, the necessary personal data of the candidates may have to be disclosed to the concerned organisations for verification;
  4. certifying candidates’ examination results in response to legitimate requests;
  5. processing any refund or payment in relation to the examination;
  6. conducting educational research and analysis in an anonymous format in which the identities of candidates are not traceable; and
  7. marketing the services and products of the Examination Board (including examination services, courses, events, publications, and other examination materials or resources) subject to the consent of the candidates.*

The HKEAA may also transfer the personal data of candidates to third parties for use for the above purposes or other directly related purposes, including government / public organizations, schools and educational institutions, banks (for processing refund or payment), and service providers providing various administrative or technical services to facilitate the delivery of the examination and assessment services including but not limited to data punching, registration process, dispatch of examination documents, and the capture, disposal or other processing of data.

In compliance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, access to all personal data will be made available, on payment of a fee, to anyone who can establish his/her right to be informed of such data as are retained by the HKEAA. Please also note that applicants’/candidates’ personal data/correspondence/other information received by the HKEAA may be transferred to the Examination Board concerned for delivery of examination and assessment services and for any of the abovementioned purposes or other directly related purposes. In general, upon completion of an examination or examination series and all the connecting examination services, the HKEAA will transfer all such data to the Examination Board who will then assume full control of such data. By then, applicants/candidates should approach the Examination Board direct for their personal data/information handling policies if necessary.

*If you have given consent but wish to withdraw your consent for your personal data to be used for this purpose, please send a letter of request to the HKEAA.



Collaboration with RAD
If you are interested in becoming an RAD teacher, examiner or examination studio, please contact the RAD by using the contact information given below.



Royal Academy of Dance
Tel : +44 (0)20 7326 8000
Website :
Email :
Address : 188 York Road, London SW11 3JZ, UK.

Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority International and Professional Examinations Division
Contact us: