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One option for me next term is to take my next exam by video submission. I’m completely torn on the issue - on the one hand it’s a really positive thing to work towards after all the madness. But on the other hand, my ability has decreased drastically unfortunately due to the coronavirus. I’ve also heard some reports that students have received results  much lower than expected due to taking exams by video submission. Do I go for it and just ‘get it over with’ and try to achieve the best I can? Or do I wait until ‘normal’ exams return with the hope of achieving a better result ? 
I genuinely don’t know what to do for the best. I will never be a professional dancer but I very much hope to be accepted on the CBTS course in the next few years. 

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I suppose it depends on what your goals are and what the alternative is. If you take the exam now by video, will you be able to move onto the next level and start progressing that or will there be some delay due to studio closures and summer holidays? If you don't do the video exam, how long do you think you would need to wait until you would be able to do a physical exam? Is there the opportunity to do class for a few months to regain strength and then do the exam, either in person or by video? Do you need to have passed a certain level to be able to qualify for the CBTS course?

 

I can only speak from the experience of deciding whether to go ahead with an exam after recovering from an injury (so not still injured but lacking in strength). Since I would have had to wait a whole other year to be able to do the exam, I decided to push ahead, accepting my marks might not be as high as they might otherwise be. I still am not sure if that was the right move, but that is mostly due to other external circumstances that meant my next few years of training did not go exactly as planned... Perhaps if I hadn't done the exam back then, I never would have done it at all!

 

A similar situation played out with two of the girls I have danced with over the years. One decided to push through her intermediate exam so she would qualify for certain other opportunities that required intermediate or above. Another girl decided to train for a further year to gain her strength back, but in repeating the material for two years lost all motivation and wished she had done the exam at the original time and just got it over with. I suppose the reality is that no one can know the future or how things will work out (hello coronavirus...) and no one can tell you what the right decision is for you. My only advice is whatever you decide, respect yourself enough to trust that it was the right decision based on the information you had at the time! No regrets :) 

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11 hours ago, DeveloppeD said:

I genuinely don’t know what to do for the best. I will never be a professional dancer but I very much hope to be accepted on the CBTS course in the next few years. 

 

I think @Viv speaks a lot of sense.

 

What do you want to achieve by doing the exam? Sometimes, we get caught up in "doing an exam" for its own sake, rather than remembering that the exam comes after the training. That is, we train to learn to get better and better in our technique. We don't train to pass an exam.

 

So, if you know you need a particular qualification to get to the next stage of your training, then it might be worth doing. But does it make your actual dancing better? Will the course you want to do accept you on an audition? or paper qualifications? or a combination of the two?

 

Edited to add: oh dear, that sounds like an inquisition! 😉 I'm not suggesting you answer those questions here, but use them for your own private reflections & decision-making. 

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I'm in a similar situation as to taking an exam under less than ideal circumstances, but it doesn't affect any important plans as it does for you .

 

My Grade 7 exam was cancelled in March just 10 days before I was due to take it. It is being rescheduled for September. However I have gone from exam ready to a loss of fitness, strength and technique. I have, however, had a chance to fully recover from an injury. We may be able to get back into classes in a couple of weeks time when gyms are allowed to open, but this is complicated by the fact that my lesson happens in a village hall, not a specialist dance studio, and I have no idea if it will be accepting normal bookings. My teacher is planning on teaching through the normal summer holiday if she can. However, my choices are to take the exam in September, when I'm sure to get a lower mark, but I can then move on, or to ask to reschedule to a later date, when I may get bored and demotivated. I love the Grade 7 material so much, and it seems a great pity not to have the opportunity to show it at my best but I am also very excited at the prospect of working on Grade 8 and really don't want to put that off. I don't know if it would be worth postponing Grade 7, working on Grade 8 and taking both exams at the same time.

 

In your situation I think I would not worry too much about your upcoming exam but do the best you can and keep progressing. Your upcoming exam isn't Intermediate is it? That's the one that is going to be essential to your future plans. I know it's frustrating to feel that you don't have the chance to achieve the best you know you are capable of,  but it may be better for your long term plans to focus on your continuing development.

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Well I have just made some plans for how to proceed with my teacher. She is beginning face-to-face teaching again on September 7th, with exam students only for the first three weeks of term as the rescheduled exam session will take place (as a video exam) on September 26th and 27th. However I am deferring my exam until we feel that I'm ready again  - probably November. Since I'm the only student in my grade we can be flexible, and she wants me to be able to show my work at its best.  I will start working on Grade 8 in parallel with revising Grade 7, aiming to take the Grade 8 exam in our normal exam session early next year. I am looking forward so much to getting back to lessons again. By the time I start again it will have been a gap of 6 months. I usually feel that the 6 week summer holiday is too long!

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DeveloppeD - are you taking a vocational exam or like the Red Shoes a grade exam?   There is a huge difference between the importance of the two streams of exams with regard to planning for the future.  I'll give you an example - I have some really good Intermediates, whom I am planning to enter for an Advanced exam next year, so it was very important for me that they take their exam before we break up here.  I told them that basically it's a win win situation -if they don't  get the mark they hoped for they can blame it on Corona and if they do get a good mark, they can be even prouder than usual that inspite of Corona they succeeded!!!   If we hadn't been allowed to return to our studios, so that they could get back into shape, I don't  honestly know what I would have done - possibly wait till we did get back and film them -  but in your case after a longer break, I can understand your hesitation.  I suppose it depends on whether or not you need to pass and get on with it or if it's important for you to get a good mark.

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In hindsight I realise now that dd’s exams usually fitted in with school plans ie; when others were doing them, moving up to the next class on a timetable etc when actually that’s probably not the best way to go through them. 
 

even with distinctions two different teachers felt she “had room to grow” in grade 7 and 8 and that’s something that really stuck with us. 
 

what’s the point of doing exams if there is “still room to grow” or “exciting potential”.  It can be the small things or a stubborn correction area that can make such a difference (with dd it was always arms!) and unfortunately these stubborn areas could follow you through all the grades without really being corrected as best as they could be. 

 

I think some of the RAD grades are so lovely (7 & 8 especially) so why squish through them. Enjoy them. Try and squeeze every correction out of them :) 

 

could you possibly do a “mock exam” with your teacher by video and then go through the feedback? 
 

 

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