RSL Awards launches Video Exams!

At RSL Awards, we pride ourselves in the trust and confidence that our dedicated community has in us to deliver outstanding examination experiences. We’re taking this a step further, and we are delighted to announce the launch of our Video Exams.

Video exams mean you now have the flexibility to take your exam from a place of your convenience, entailing less travel, no waiting time, and contributing to a more environmentally friendly world. We don’t want any extenuating circumstances to stop you from achieving your goals to develop as a musician, whether that’s the COVID-19 pandemic, underlying stress or anxiety issues or location based travel barriers – we recognise all the hard work you have done towards preparing for your exam thus far and we are thrilled to offer you this digital solution.

Video Exams

We are ready to help you every step of the way to self-record and submit your video exams and will work closely with candidates, teachers and partners to provide advice and guidance to moving your exam experience online. Furthermore, recording and uploading your video exam will also meet the same fair and accurate evaluation criteria from the examiner.

What types of video exam are available?

Candidates have the option of two types of recorded exam:

  • Performance Certificate (Debut – Grade 8): Record and upload five performance pieces (up to three can be free choice pieces)
  • Graded Certificate (Debut – Grade 8): Record and upload three performance pieces (up to two free choice pieces) and ALL of the listed technical exercises stated per grade, per instrument (find out more on the video exams page).Please refer to our Technical Exercise Guidance for a comprehensive list of requirements.

Both of these exams can be taken at a time and place that suits you simply by submitting a continuous and unedited video of you performing all the appropriate prepared elements in a similar way to a standard face-to-face exam. The same exam criteria will be applied but you will not be assessed on the Unseen Tests.


RSL Awards Recorded Digital Exams – How to Guide

We are committed to making sure this is an academically-rigorous, high quality and authentic experience so you will need to make sure that:

  • The equipment you have can record you and all the relevant backing tracks effectively
  • It is in a format that can easily be submitted to our secure online portal

Our examiners will then be able to view your exam and provide an accurate assessment of your achievements, providing feedback and your final mark in line with our usual practices.

Please visit our dedicated Video Exam online resource for more information about the intricacies of each exam available, how to submit your video exam, video framing and audio capture guidance, and further supporting videos to help you capture your exam in the highest quality possible.


The team at RSL Awards will provide you with any further support and guidance you need to make sure you can prepare, record and upload your exam as smoothly as possible. Get in touch with the team here…


If you have already entered for an exam this academic year, we will continue to hold your booking and schedule your face-to-face exam as soon as we are able to, but, if you would like to amend your booking an online recorded exam, please get in touch with our friendly customer service team!


There is no question that COVID-19 is changing the world of contemporary arts and music education, and evaluating students can no longer be restricted to the four walls of the examination centre. Exams can happen anytime and anywhere with the simple aid of modern-day technology tools and the internet.