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									19 March 2004                                                               S2004/018
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TO:                  Principals
                     Principals’ Nominees

ATTENTION:           Heads of Drama
                     Teachers of Senior Drama

External Assessment for Scholarship Drama

The Drama Scholarship standard specifies “wide knowledge, experience and critical
analysis of drama processes, texts and theories to perform and justify challenging and
creative drama works.” The criteria requires the student to “communicate and create
challenging drama, to apply critical analysis of drama processes and drama text to text-
based, impromptu and self-devised drama performances” and to “substantiate and justify
applied drama theory in self-devised work.”

The attachment, „Evidence Collection for Scholarship Drama 2004‟, provides an
overview of the examination process for the external assessment of candidate
performances against the Drama Scholarship standard.

Schools need to familiarise their candidates with the assessment process and set up
a carefully controlled environment with suitable and reliable equipment to record
candidate performances.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority will provide a Performance Supervisor
to conduct the examination. An external panel will assess the recorded portfolio of
performances against the criteria of the Drama Scholarship standard.
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The evidence collection process for this standards-based performance examination
has the potential for logistical complications as the assessment is in several parts
and involves the movement of candidates and the use of recording equipment. The
Qualifications Authority Board has decided that this assessment process will be
trialled for one year, after which its feasibility will be reviewed.

Circulars are available from the Qualifications Authority‟s website

Please refer any enquiries relating to the contents of this circular to

                     Mike Chester
                     National Assessment Facilitator (Drama)
                     Secondary Education Group
                     Telephone: 04 802 3032
                     Fax:       04 802 3113


Preparation by the Qualifications Authority
The Qualifications Authority will provide a Performance Supervisor to conduct the
examination at each centre. Performance Supervisors will have suitable
examination materials.

Preparation by schools with one or more examination candidates
Each school with entries of one or more candidates will be an examination centre.

The school will arrange the following

1. An appropriate performance space, including
    a performing area approximately 4 metres by 4 metres with a static camera
      in a frontal position able to capture the whole area without repositioning
    stage dressing of no more than two plain chairs or stools, and one plain
    artificial lighting or natural light with flat, even coverage of the space. No
      coloured gels to be used
    no enhanced sound or effects, e.g. smoke
    no costuming or props. Plain, non-specific clothing to be worn.

2. An appropriate VHS or DVD recording system to reliably record each
   candidate‟s performances.

  Suggestions for best recording performance:

              Candidates should avoid performing against high contrast
              backgrounds such as black or white. Red and pink backgrounds may
              also result in poor images. Avoid patterned or ornamented

              The candidate should perform to an imagined audience positioned
              near the camera. Performance to the camera may distort the intended
              A school-supplied technician may be present to set up and advise on
              the use of equipment.
              No teachers may be present in the performance space.
   3. A waiting room for candidates adjacent to but out of sight and earshot of the
      performance space. The school must provide a teacher supervisor for the
      waiting room. Where a school has a single candidate, the examination will
      be conducted in the performance space and no waiting room or teacher
      supervisor is required.

Preparation by each candidate

The candidate will
   bring to the examination two completed Statements of Intent (Parts A and
      C) and the two scripts relating to prepared performances. Statement of
      Intent forms can be downloaded from the Qualifications Authority website.
   report to the waiting room at the advertised time of the examination,
      bringing both Statements of Intent and both scripts.

The Examination Process
The waiting room supervisor will
   log candidates‟ times of arrival for the examination and dismissal after the
   ensure the order and security of the room
   allow warm-up activity.

The Performance Supervisor will
   check the function and positioning of the recording equipment
   fetch each candidate to the examination performance space
   collect the two Statements of Intent and the two scripts from each candidate
   explain the warning signal to the candidate
   start the recording (which continues until the end of Part C)
   announce the start of Part A.
PART A Text-based Performance

The Performance Supervisor
1. announces the candidate by number and name
2. announces “Text-based Performance” and signals the candidate to begin
3. starts timing.

The candidate
4. begins text-based prepared performance.

The Performance Supervisor
5. gives the warning signal at 2 minutes 50 seconds
6. stops the candidate at 3 minutes
7. announces “Impromptu Performance” and reads out the prescribed task.

PART B Impromptu Performance

The Performance Supervisor
1. starts timing the preparation period of 1 minute
2. at 50 seconds gives warning signal that the impromptu performance must start
   within 10 seconds.

The candidate
3. performs the impromptu performance for 2 minutes.

The Performance Supervisor
4. at 1 minute 50 seconds gives warning signal
5. at 2 minutes invites the candidate to the camera to explain and justify the
   impromptu performance
6. at 50 seconds gives a warning signal
7. at 1 minute stops the candidate
8. announces “Performance of Self-devised Piece” and begins to time the work.

PART C Performance of Self-devised Piece

The candidate
1. briefly introduces and then performs the self-devised piece (4 minutes in total).

The Performance Supervisor
2. gives warning signal at 3 minutes 50 seconds
3. at 4 minutes 5 seconds stops recording
4. takes the candidate to the waiting room
5.   returns to check the recording and set up for the next performance
6.   visits the waiting room to dismiss the first candidate and escort the next
     candidate to the performance space.

The first candidate
7. signs out of the waiting room and leaves.


When all portfolios have been completed:

The Performance Supervisor
    collates and seals all candidate submission bags
    has the Principal authenticate the schedule for each candidate.

Where the Principal declines to sign the authentication of a portfolio, a written
explanation should be provided to the Qualifications Authority. Unauthenticated
portfolios will be assessed but the grades will not be released until the portfolio is

The Performance Supervisor writes a report for the Qualifications Authority
explaining any anomalies, irregularities or issues arising in the conduct of the

The Performance Supervisor places the report, together with the waiting room log,
all individual candidate submissions, the candidate authentication schedule and
any other relevant materials in the A3 labelled courier bags and sends them to the
marking venue.

Advice to schools and candidates

Candidates should practise performances in examination conditions with
recording equipment and within the examination performance, time and venue

The onus is on the candidates to choose their extracts to fit the time available.

This is a performance examination. The waiting room may be used as a warm-up
As in all external examinations, there will be no opportunity for reassessment or
partial reassessment should candidates, for whatever reason, fail to perform as and
when required.

The Performance Supervisor may take measures to counter what he or she
considers an unfair assessment occasioned by equipment failure, school emergency
or other unexpected circumstance. The Performance Supervisor is required to
report to the Qualifications Authority on such measures and the reasons for them.

Sample Statement of Intent forms are attached.
Candidate number

Candidate name ………………………………………. Centre no

PART A       Text-based Performance

Name the prescribed text:


Identify your chosen extract:



Explain and justify your performance.
Page 2 Scholarship Drama Statement of Intent Part A

Complete this form and bring it to the examination.
Candidate number

Candidate name ………………………………………. Centre no

PART C      Performance of Self-devised Piece

Identify how your self-devised piece shows the influence of ONE of Stanislavsky,
Brecht or Artaud.
Identify how your self-devised piece uses TWO of the following elements of
drama: tension, focus, symbol.

Explain and justify your performance.
Page 2 Scholarship Drama Statement of Intent Part C

Complete this form and bring it to the examination.

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