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Recording of Music exams

As from 2013, all audio from music grade, certificate and diploma exams is recorded by the examiner onto a hard disk recorder.

We have decided to adopt the audio recording of exams as a process of best practice. The regulator, Ofqual, demands high standards from awarding bodies in terms of assuring the quality of qualifications, and the recording of exams is an additional tool through which we can continue to monitor and improve the experience for our teachers and candidates.

Recording exams allows us to:

  • Monitor the quality of the examinations through the sampling and moderating of recordings
  • Collect audio examples of music exams to be used for examiner training, standardisation and development purposes
  • Assess the quality of the content of the exams as experienced in ‘the field’


Recording FAQs


Will the equipment impact on a candidate’s exam experience?
The digital recorder is very small and discreet and will be set up before the first exam of the day, and allowed to run throughout the exam session. There will be no microphones or other equipment visible to the candidate, and the recorder is completely soundless.

Are the recordings used for evidence in the event of a complaint or appeal?
While the recordings may be used to gather evidence within a complaint or appeal, this is not the primary purpose of the recording.

Are diploma recordings used in lieu of a second examiner?
We do not use diploma recordings to double mark an exam as the recording will not effectively reflect the live experience, and could seriously disadvantage the candidate.

Can I request a copy of the recording of an exam?
The recordings are for internal use only and will not be released.

How long is my recording stored for?
An exam is typically stored for 3 months. In cases where we wish to use a recording for ongoing training purposes, separate permission will be sought from the candidate, teacher and carer.


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