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ABT Student Examinations

All ABT Certified Teachers are eligible to present their students for examinations. For more information on how to become an ABT Certified Teacher, click here.

The ABT Affiliate Teacher is a level of distinction for ABT Certified Teachers that successfully present their students for examinations. ABT Affiliate Teachers who have maintained their status and presented three (3) consecutive successful sessions of exams will achieve the level of distinction of ABT NTC Fellow. For a current list of Affiliate Teachers and ABT NTC Fellows, click here.

An adjudicator from ABT's Artistic Board of Examiners will observe and evaluate the students in a class that is prepared in advance by their ABT Certified Teacher.

ABT Certified Teachers can fill out an Affiliate Examination Request Form at least 3 months in advance by either emailing the completed form to exams@abt.org or mailing it to:

American Ballet Theatre, Attn: NTC Exams
890 Broadway
New York, NY 10003


We recommend that you present a minimum of 3 classes, in any level. It is possible to present students for examinations at ABT’s headquarters in New York. Presenting teachers will be contacted by the Affiliate Examinations Coordinator to organize details of examinations. Please be aware that examination scheduling is subject to the availability of the adjudicators.

All participating students receive an evaluation rubric outlining their proficiency both technically and artistically with comments from the examiner. Students successfully passing their examination will receive an official certificate listing the level of the examination class that they took along with their level of distinction. Students can pass successfully on 4 levels: pass, pass with merit, pass with honors and pass with high honors.

Presenting teachers will receive personalized feedback from their adjudicator and a letter stating whether they have successfully achieved or maintained their Affiliate Teacher status.

Exam Lengths and Fees per student:   Minimum fee/class   Maximum class size
Primary A, B & C:
Level 1A & 1B:
Level 2A & 2B:
Level 3A & 3B:
Levels 4A/4B & 5A/5B:
Levels 6 & 7:
  1-hour class, $50
1-hour class, $55
1.25-hour class, $60
1.75-hour class, $70
2-hour class, $75
2-hour class, $85
$300
$300
$300
$400
$500
$500

15 students
15 students
15 students
12 students
12 students
10 students


If the total student examination fees exceed the minimum fee per class, it will be reflected on the total invoice.

Additional exam fees that will be booked by the Student Examination Coordinator and invoiced to the school include:
  • Transportation costs for the examiner, such as airfare, train fare or mileage costs if driving.
  • Airport transportation fee of $50 to cover expenses of examiner traveling from home to local airport.
  • Per diem as exceeds New York City rate of $74/day & $25.00 bank fee for international teachers.
Students must wear the International Dance Supplies ABT Training Program Uniform.

Presenting teachers must agree to adhere to the ABT Student Examination Guidelines. Only ABT Certified Teachers can present candidates for the ABT NTC Examinations up to the level in which the teacher is certified. The school must email the following no later than four weeks prior to the scheduled examination to exams@abt.org:

  • List of candidates in height order (according to ABT Student Examination Guidelines)
  • Outline of the classes being presented (Sample Class Outline provided upon request)

The examination class must follow the appropriate guidelines for each ABT NTC level. The prepared class should focus on correct alignment and placement, coordination, musicality, technique, port de bras and artistic presentation demonstrated with basic, clear combinations.

For questions, please call (212) 477-3030 ext. 1068 or email exams@abt.org.