Most CDET member awarding organisations offer graded examinations, primarily in dance and musical theatre.

Graded examinations are a series of qualifications that enable candidates, teachers, parents/carers and employers to measure performers’ achievement from beginner level up to a standard of proficiency and artistry appropriate for entry to higher education. These examinations support learners at all levels to develop and display their skills progressively, demonstrating genuine command of the competences required for educational, vocational and/or social purposes. They also provide a structure and sequence for teaching and monitoring individual achievement, leading at each grade to independent assessment of the candidate by an external examiner.

Graded examinations encourage artistic activity, develop high standards of performance, perception, creativity, knowledge and understanding, and reward progress and achievement. Additionally, they provide a progression route to Diploma qualifications at QCF Level 4 and above. Grades 6 to 8 are included within the UCAS Tariff and therefore contribute towards a student's score of UCAS points when he or she applies for entry to UK Higher education.