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Online Speech & Performance Theory Grades 1 and 7
Speech and Performance Theory Grades 1 and 7 are now offered as online exams. Candidates may sit these exams at any convenient time within twelve months of purchase.

For the convenience of Victorian teachers and students, enrolments for online Written examinations are made through AMEB Connect. Once an exam is purchased, the enrolling person will receive a Confirmation of Enrolment by email which will contain an Exam Key and Exam PIN. These details provide access to the theory examination via the AMEB ONLINE website. Please note the Exam Key expires twelve months after purchase.

Updates from 2019:

Revised Drama & Performance syllabus – now known as Speech & Performance
Revised Drama & Communication syllabus
Voice & Communication syllabus updated
Speech & Performance Theory syllabus updated

Examination Requirements

It is essential that teachers and candidates consult the current year’s syllabus for details of AMEB examination requirements and note the applicable regulations, which are amended from time to time. The 2021 Manual of Syllabuses (Speech Syllabuses) is available for purchase in the traditional hard copy format or as a digital file (PDF). <Click here to read about resources>

Enrolling for examinations

Examinations for Speech & Performance, Voice & Communication and Drama & Communication are offered in five Metropolitan Practical Sessions and two Country Practical Sessions. Diploma examinations are held at the AMEB Studios in Hawthorn: Associate examinations are available in each of the five Metropolitan Practical Sessions; Licentiate examinations are offered in late-June and late-September. <Click here for enrolment dates>

Speech & Performance (formerly Drama & Performance) – Revised syllabus

In 2018 an evaluation of the Drama & Performance syllabus was undertaken and as a result this syllabus has now been renamed: from 2019 it will be known as the Speech & Performance syllabus. The syllabus reference book list and some syllabus wording have been updated as part of the revision. In addition, the following changes have been made:

All grades

The timing requirements for various questions/sections within the exam have been altered. Some question parameters have also changed (see individual grades in the 2021 Speech & Performance syllabus for details).

Level 3 Diplomas

The ADPA (Associate of Drama and Performance, Australia) and LDPA (Licentiate of Drama and Performance, Australia) will now become the Associate of Speech and Performance, Australia (ASPA) and the Licentiate of Speech and Performance, Australia (LSPA). Candidates who commence their ADPA or LDPA before 2021 will be able to complete their diploma within the time frames outlined by Regulation 20.

Written Diploma Exams

All ADPA/ASPA and LDPA/LSPA candidates are able to enrol six weeks in advance of their written examination. The examination date, venue and supervision arrangements are negotiable. Please contact AMEB Victoria for more information.

LDPA/LSPA Dissertation

All LDPA/LSPA candidates are able to enrol for Section III at a time of their choice and are required to submit their dissertation within six weeks of enrolling. This does not vary the requirement to have the dissertation topic approved by the AMEB prior to commencement of the dissertation.

An evaluation of Speech and Drama syllabuses was undertaken and, as a result, various syllabuses were revised, updated or given a new name from 2019.

Speech & Performance

From the start of 2021 the old Drama & Performance syllabus was withdrawn and candidates are no longer able to present for examination using this syllabus.

Speech and Performance Subject Numbers and Fees 2021
5040Preliminary $89.00
5041Grade 1$97.00
5042Grade 2$99.00
5043Grade 3$110.00
5044Grade 4 $118.00
5045Grade 5 $121.00
5046Grade 6$137.00
5047Grade 7$153.00
5048Grade 8 $170.00
5049Certificate of Speech & Performance $215.00
5050Associate (S. I): Practical – Performer $311.00
5051Associate (S. II): Written – Performer $152.00
5052Associate (S. I): Practical – Teacher $311.00
5053Associate (S. II): Written – Teacher $152.00
5054Licentiate (S. I): Practical – Performer $354.00
5055Licentiate (S. II): Written – Performer $186.00
5056Licentiate (S. III): Dissert. – Performer On Application
5057Licentiate (S. I): Practical – Teacher $354.00
5058Licentiate (S. II): Written – Teacher $186.00
5059Licentiate (S. III): Dissert. – Teacher On Application

Drama & Communication

From the start of 2021 the ‘old’ Drama and Communication syllabus will no longer be available for examination.

Drama & Communication Subject Numbers and Fees 2021 
5060Introductory $185.00
5061Grade 1 $185.00
5062Grade 2 $185.00
5063Grade 3 $214.00
5064Grade 4 $230.00
5065Grade 5 $230.00
5066Grade 6 $254.00

Voice & Communication

Changes from 2019

The reference book list for the Voice & Communication syllabus has been updated. In addition, some question parameters have also been altered/updated (see the individual grades in the Voice & Communication syllabus for 2019 requirements).

APCA Folio: All APCA candidates are able to enrol for Part Two: Written at a time of their choice and are required to submit their folio within six weeks of enrolling. This does not vary the requirement to have the folio topic approved by the AMEB prior to commencement of the folio.

Voice & Communication Subject Numbers and Fees 2021
1900Preliminary$89.00
1901Grade 1$94.00
1902Grade 2$99.00
1903Grade 3$108.00
1904Grade 4$113.00
1905Grade 5$116.00
1906Grade 6$121.00
1907Grade 7$137.00
1908Grade 8$170.00
1909Certificate in Voice & Communication$223.00
1910Associate (Section I): Practical$303.00
1911Associate (Section II): Folio$303.00

Speech and Performance Theory

Paper-based examinations in Speech & Performance Theory (Grades 1 to 7) will be offered on Wednesday 18 August 2021.

Online Speech & Performance Theory Grades 1 and 7
Speech and Performance Theory Grades 1 and 7 are now offered as online exams. Candidates may sit these exams at any convenient time within twelve months of purchase.

For the convenience of Victorian teachers and students, enrolments for online Written examinations are made through AMEB Connect. Once an exam is purchased, the enrolling person will receive a Confirmation of Enrolment by email which will contain an Exam Key and Exam PIN. These details provide access to the theory examination via the AMEB ONLINE website. Please note the Exam Key expires twelve months after purchase.

Updates from 2019

Speech & Performance Theory now features an updated reference book list. There have also been changes to the following two questions in Grade 6 and Grade 7 respectively:

Grade 6 Question 1, Foundations (a): the length of the passage to be transcribed has been changed from 50 to 40 words.
Grade 7 Question 1, Foundations (a): the length of the passage to be transcribed has now been given as 50 words (previously no word length was given).

Speech & Performance Theory Subject Numbers and Fees 2021 
1661Grade 1$78.00
1662Grade 2$80.00
1663Grade 3$82.00
1664Grade 4$90.00
1665Grade 5$92.00
1666Grade 6$99.00
1667Grade 7$99.00

All prices are in Australian dollars and include GST.

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