Exam Information

ACTA is one of the country’s leading Trinity College, London music and drama training centres, with our students consistently achieving above national averages in their grades, and the top marks in
New Zealand,  in both the Musical Theatre and Singing syllabus.

To view a full list of ACTA’s exam results archives click here.

Trinity College, London is an internationally recognised examinations board. Today Trinity undertakes over 500,000 assessments worldwide, each year. With the backing of leading specialists and academics, the quality of Trinity’s reputation is second to none. 

Expert international examiners visit New Zealand four times per year to examine students from all over New Zealand. Examinations may be taken by individuals, by pairs or by groups of three or more. While there are no minimum age limits imposed for entry at any grade, students enter the examination grade appropriate to their age and ability, to meet the published learning outcomes and assessment criteria for the relevant attainment band prior to registration for the exam.

Examinations are categorised into five attainment levels:

Level 1 – Initial (Young Performers Certificate Bronze, Silver, Gold)
Level 2 – Foundation (Grades 1 – 3)
Level 3 – Intermediate (Grade 4 – 5)
Level 4 – Advanced (Grades 6 – 8)
Level 5 – Performance Certificate and Diploma Level

Assessment is divided into three categories. Pass (65 – 74 marks), Merit Pass (75 – 84 marks) Distinction Pass (85 marks and above).


“In my capacity as the Auckland representative and examinations administrator for Trinity College, London, I have had a close working relationship with the ACTA Academy, which includes management, teachers, pupils and parents. ACTA students sitting Trinity College Musical Theatre exams in Auckland more often than not, achieve high distinction marks, and the international Trinity examiners are always extremely impressed with the calibre of student that ACTA produces – on more than one occasion taking Ms Donnell aside to congratulate her and her students on their work. I have always been impressed with the extremely high level of students who have been put forward to participate in Trinity exams, and the way the students are prepared, and supported during the exam process.  Janine Donnell always accompanies her students to exams, and is always very organised with music, props, costumes – she always ensures that she has the support available to her students and there are never delays or hold ups. I personally believe that the ACTA Academy is a professional, well run organisation, and with the popularity and growth of Musical Theatre in Auckland, I am sure will continue to be at the forefront of teaching this wonderful performance skill.”

Cathryn Tiley – Auckland Representative, TRINITY COLLEGE LONDON