The SOHDA regularly hold dancing examinations throughout Scotland. Starting from the most basic exams for the younger dancers, progressing in difficulty through the grades all the way up to and including The Teachers examination.


Pre-Primary Bronze

Pre-Primary Silver

Pre-Primary Gold

Primary (Minimum age 6)


Grade 1


Grade 2

Gold (Minimum age 12)

Bronze Star

Silver Star

Gold Star

Associate Teacher

Full Teacher



The Associate Teacher exam


For dancers 16 to 20 years of age which allows successful candidates to initiate a dancing class and after further training  can adjudicate at indoor competitions, though not Championships.


The Full Teacher exam


On attaining the age of 21, the dancer can sit the Full Teachers exam, which also puts the successful candidates name after further training on all of the various adjudicating panels for Competitions such as Championships, Highland Games and Examination Boards.



Other Highland Dancing Organisations and Bodies -


If you are currently sitting or have sat exams with another dancing body, then there will be no problem in transferring your equivalent level of exam over to the appropriate SOHDA exam. The SOHDA fully encourage our teenage dancers towards eventual teacher status and will help greatly in achieving this aim. So why not contact our Exam Convener for a syllabus giving full details of our Highland and National examinations!