TRINITY COLLEGE, LONDON
Internationally accredited drama examinations
Due to the pandemic, all 2021 exams will be submitted digitally to Trinity College London.
Trinity College has made adjustments to the exam syllabus to reflect this change.
General Information about Trinity Exams
WHAT IS TRINITY?
Trinity College, London, is the world's oldest external examination board and operates in 60 countries world wide. The exams are recognized by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) in Great Britain and successful candidates may apply for international credits.
Trinity offers a syllabus with clear guidelines in a wide range of programs. It has long been recognized as a program that stimulates learning and achievement in the fields of literacy and communication. Visit Trinity's Drama website to learn more.
WHY TAKE AN EXAM?
Taking a drama exam is similar to taking a piano exam – it provides an opportunity for students and parents to assess growth and measure the progress of skill development. Preparing for an exam helps to teach good learning habits, supports the work that is done in class, and gives a strong sense of pride in accomplishment.
WHAT DOES AN EXAM CONSIST OF?
Typically, students will memorize and prepare pieces of poetry, prose, monologues or scenes from plays. The exam consists of presenting these pieces to an examiner and discussing elements of drama presentation and preparation. A short improvisation and/or a cold reading will also be assigned, depending on the grade and category level. Each student receives a written adjudication, a mark based on specific parameters and a diploma for each grade passed.
HOW DOES MY CHILD PREPARE FOR AN EXAM?
Many of the skills that students learn in their regular classes are the ones that they will need for their exam work. However, there are certain individual skills that are not covered in their regular classes. Although students are welcome to prepare on their own, we suggest that they take a special Trinity exam coaching classes. These courses are offered either before or after a student's regular class, and usually consist of between 3 - 5 students who are all focussing on this advanced work. CLICK HERE to learn more about the Trinity coaching classes.
WHAT DOES MY CHILD RECEIVE?
After the candidate completes their exam, it is evaluated by a registered Trinity examiner. The examiner provides the student with a written evaluation of their work. Upon passing the exam, the candidate receives a grade level and an embossed certificate from Trinity College, London. This information can then be added to the student's information when applying to schools. In the UK, a Trinity grade exam is equivalent to credits in the school system. Some schools in the Canadian system will also accept these Drama grades as a credit level, as they currently accept Trinity Music exam accreditation at the schools.
The Ottawa Children's Theatre is the eastern Canadian centre for Trinity College, London. Ottawa has had a Trinity centre since 1988.
Information about the Digital Exams
in Music and in Drama
BASIC INFORMATION & FAQ:
Instructors from The Ottawa Children’s Theatre have been coaching Trinity exams for over 15 years.
2021 Exams are submitted digitally in the spring of 2021.
Students will receive individualized assessments from Trinity examiners.
Exam assessment are written in a positive and encouraging manner.
A student’s grade level will be determined in consultation with the instructor.
Students who are registered to take an exam will be offered a series of low cost semi-private coaching sessions. Students are expected to do memorization and some preparation on their own. Additional solo coaching sessions can be booked at an additional cost.
Fees for exams range depending on the grade level desired.
REGISTER FOR A TRINITY EXAM:
Exam fees can only be paid by cash, cheque or bank transfer, as fees go directly to Trinity College, London. Exam fees must be accompanied by a registration form that we will provide you with. Fees for exams range depending on the grade level desired. A student’s grade level will be determined in consultation with the instructor.
2021 Trinity Exam Fees:
Initial - $102
Grade 1 - $123
Grade 2 - $136
Grade 3 - $146
Grade 4 - $153
Grade 5 - $170
Grade 6 - $194
Grade 7 - $204
Grade 8 - $238
REGISTER FOR A SMALL GROUP
It is strongly suggested that students who are interested in taking an exam register for a small group coaching class as a part of the Trinity Drama Program.