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It's worth repeating the question upthread:

 

What do you hope to achieve through an appeal?

 

In my line of work, students can't appeal academic judgement, only academic or administrative process. However, if they are concerned, angry, or upset about their actual mark, we encourage them to book a tutorial with us, and we listen, and go through the work and the narrative feedback explaining the actual mark. 

 

It sounds like what you actually want is the feedback (a mark isn't feedback really, or only of the crudest kind). If an appeal would get you some written comments, it might be worth doing for that reason?

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On 23/01/2021 at 21:18, Ballet Dreams said:

Our Ballet Teacher lodged an appeal a couple of years ago for all the students in one exam sitting.  As the majority of the marks given were way off previous marks for these students and results were no where near what she was expecting.  The result was that each child was given an adjusted mark and given an extra 4 marks.  From what I remember that’s all they could do.  I think this was due to appealing on behalf of all students instead of each child separately as I am sure there were two approaches to an appeal but one meant paying a fee for each child.  

In 2019 my dd and her fellow dancers all had an appeal on there exams!  Omg it took ages - exam was in June results finalised in November!  My dd was always achieving high distinctions 90+ - when the adjusted result came it was still way off her previous result by about 10 marks even with the 3 extra marks given! But was still a distinction!
 

Now wondering what this last (online) exam will be!

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Look, we don't know what happens inside the studio.  We went into lockdown in March for 2 months just as my students were about to have exams. We worked for a month or so to get them back into shape and I was expecting really good marks for some of my Intermediates.  One group got better marks than I'd expected - high Merits, but the better group got less than I had expected. Two got low Distinctions and the others lowish Merits.  I did some digging and discovered that the air conditioning had gone cuckoo and the flooring was affected - it turned slippery.  In their demi pointe shoes, they found it very difficult to control their technique.  It very often happens also that nerves get the better of them.   This is why I impress upon all my students that the actual marks are not always an indication of a dancer's worth.   The process of training for an exam advances your technique and that stays with you whatever the exam result.   

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Absolutely, @Dance *is*life. My youngest dd never scored highly in her ballet exams yet her ballet teacher was always telling me what a good dancer she was. She thought my dd probably got too nervous to do herself justice in exams. 

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1 hour ago, Dance*is*life said:

This is why I impress upon all my students that the actual marks are not always an indication of a dancer's worth.   The process of training for an exam advances your technique and that stays with you whatever the exam result.   

 

Brava! This is so true. Focusing on the mark is putting the cart -of assessment- before the horse -of actual learning.

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Also, there may be many valid reasons to take dance exams, but you don’t need any to be a professional dancer - if that is your aim. As others have said,   it is the slow and steady matter of improving your technique and artistry that matters. The marks you get on any one exam don’t matter.

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