I had to share a link to this excellent article on ‘The Exam Experience’ by Claire Jackson, editor of International Piano magazine and former editor of Muso (the cool classical music zine, which I’ve been sadly unaware until now!?).
It’s full of very practical and helpful tips and ideas on how to make the (often terrifying) grade exam process a much smoother more pleasurable experience. It covers the often neglected details and practicalities such as the order of play, what to wear, time keeping, and how to conduct yourself during the exam. The emphasis is on treating it as a great opportunity to play for someone new, rather than a traumatic fifteen minutes you just want to be over.