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How is a LAMDA Exam marked?


The maximum score in a LAMDA Exam is 100. 40 marks are awarded for Interpretation, 40 for Technique and 20 for Knowledge.


The Interpretation mark reflects the candidate’s imaginative engagement with the written word – how well has he or she grasped and communicated

  • the surface message

  • the underlying emotional content?


The Technique mark reflects the candidate’s vocal and physical performance – how well does he or she use the voice and body to

  • engage the listener

  • give a sense of conviction and truthfulness?


The Knowledge mark reflects the candidate’s

  • theoretical understanding of language and/or performance

  • ability to share their ideas in discussion.


Overall marks are awarded as follows:

80 Distinction

65–79 Merit

50–64 Pass


What is LAMDA?

LAMDA (founded 1861) is the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. It is one of the oldest drama schools in the United Kingdom and has a global reputation for excellence. You can find out more about LAMDA at

LAMDA began offering speech examinations to the public in the 1880s. These examinations have been refined and developed over the years. They now form a comprehensive system of performance evaluation.

LAMDA’s mission is to improve standards in communication through the spoken word, foster an appreciation of literature and support creative, intellectual and social development.

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