We don’t have many rules and regulations. These ones are simply to help us to administer Irish Board exams as efficiently as possible.
Applications for examinations are accepted on the condition that candidates will be examined in accordance with the requirements of the current syllabus.
All entries must be made through the online booking system. Each entry must be accompanied by the correct entry fee. Entries and fees must reach the Irish Board of Speech and Drama at least six weeks before the proposed date of the examination.The Irish Board reserves the right to refuse entries which do not comply with these conditions.
A timetabled list of candidates’ names with the type and grade of their examinations must be supplied via the online template provided by the Irish Board, at least two weeks prior to the examination.
The person submitting the entry must complete and agreement to abide by the regulations of the Irish Board.
The minimum number of candidates for the recognition of a face-to-face examination centre for Speech and Drama is 20 and 50 for Musical Theatre Group exams. By agreement and arrangement, an examination centre may comprise more than one physical location.
Examination fees will not be refunded.
A candidate who has been entered for an examination in one centre may not be examined in a different centre.
Each candidate is responsible for the supply of all equipment, props, costumes and so on required for his/ her examination.
70% will be required to pass any examination; 75% – 79% will be awarded a Merit; 80% -84% will be awarded Honours; 85% – 89% will be awarded First Class Honours; 90% -100% will be awarded a Distinction. The pass mark for all Diploma examinations is 75%.
A certificate will be awarded to each candidate achieving a pass mark or over in an examination.
One medal will be awarded in each examination centre as defined in Regulation 4, above, save for the exceptions below.
In the Acting Performance and Musical Theatre examinations, a certificate will be awarded to each candidate achieving 70% or over. Each candidate in the Acting Performance and Musical Theatre solo and duologue examinations achieving a mark of 80% or above will receive a certificate and an Irish Board Performance Medal.
In the Grade Proficiency, Public Speaking Proficiency and Acting Proficiency examinations, a medal will be awarded to each candidate achieving a mark of 85% or above.
The Irish Board of Speech and Drama welcomes candidates with particular needs. Candidates requiring particular provision, for example, sight reading in a large format or on a coloured background must notify the Irish Board at the time of entry.