Assessment Specifications

Level 1 Drama 2022

General information


Drama Studies

Method of assessment

Written examination


90998  90011

Information relating to both achievement standards

Candidates will be required to name and provide details of the drama / theatre form and the live performances.

Candidates may be required to respond in any combination of written response (paragraphs) and illustration (sketches and/or diagrams).

Diagrams or sketches will be assessed on the quality of information conveyed and not their artistic merit (i.e. simple stick figures are satisfactory). Candidates should annotate their diagrams or sketches to provide specific detail and to explain their answers.

A glossary of terms will be included at the start of the examination papers. The definitions of terms are as outlined in the Achievement Standards Explanatory Notes for each standard, i.e. features for 90998 and elements, techniques, technologies, and conventions for 90011.

Specific information for individual achievement standards




Demonstrate understanding of features of a drama / theatre form



Number of credits


Questions may cover a combination of features of the drama / theatre form.

Candidates should be familiar with theme, costume, performance space, and the historical / social context of the drama / theatre form.

Questions may cover a combination of features of the drama / theatre form, and require examples to illustrate statements.




Demonstrate understanding of the use of drama aspects within live performance



Number of credits


Candidates will be required to respond to questions on:

  • A drama performance they have viewed as a member of the audience in the 2022 calendar year. This may also include watching a live drama performance that has been recorded with, or intended for, a live audience. Any viewed performances, whether live or recorded, should provide opportunities for candidates to meet the requirement of the standard at all grade levels.
  • A live drama performance in which they have participated as an actor in the 2022 calendar year.

Candidates should be familiar with the use of drama techniques, the use of technologies, character, and elements. 

Questions may cover a combination of elements, techniques, conventions, and technologies.

Drama subject page

Examination timetable

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