BalletBelle Posted April 25, 2018 Share Posted April 25, 2018 This might seem like an odd question, but what sort of results are 'normal'? I know that the RAD website shows proportions of distinctions, merits etc. but understandably it doesn't show whether those distictions are marks of 76 or 95. My DDs go to a dance school where RAD Ballet exam marks are nearly all distinctions with just a smattering of high merits. Dancers (girls and boys) regularly receive marks well into the 90s. In fact, a couple of years ago, one dancer even achieved 100!! How 'normal' (common, usual) is it for dancers to gain marks as high as this (I don't mean 100, I mean 90+)? The reason I ask is that, having received a set of exam results yesterday, some of the dancers felt disappointed and upset to "only" receive marks of 82-85 - because their friends achieved marks of 94-97. Dancing at a school where such high marks are commonplace every year, means that we all lose perspective over what is 'normal' and it affects expectations. There are very few dance schools in the area and we are the only one who do RAD graded exams (the others - still 10 miles away so not next-door, do ISTD ballet) which means that our dancers find it difficult to relate their marks to anything outside the bubble of our own dance school. I have no idea whether marks in the 90s are quite unusual and difficult to come by ...or reasonably commonplace and a significant number are awarded across RAD schools every exam session... My own feeling is that a score of 82 is a really good score - it falls well into the distinction category. I am not complaining in any way - I feel very lucky to be part of a dance school that clearly teaches and prepares the children so well. I am just trying to improve my own knowledge and understanding. Can anyone help put things into perspective? 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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