Medal tests are optional, but highly recommended! Each year, an Examiner from the Scottish Dance Teachers' Alliance (SDTA) visits Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to test highland dancers. Dancers are tested on Highland, National, Irish Jig, Sailor's Hornpipe and Theory. Dancers ages 16 or older can take Professional Exams. The Examiner is usually from Scotland or Canada. The Examiner is on tour for approximately 1-2 weeks, while traveling from one dance studio to another. In order to coordinate the Examiner's schedule appropriately, it is important for me to know if your child plans on taking medal tests well ahead of the tour date. In May of each year, I collect a deposit from those dancers planning on participating. The balance for medal tests is due in the Fall. Medal tests are often held during the day, which means taking time out of school. On the completion of the testing, dancers will receive a written critique from the Examiner on each dance. They will also receive certificates and medals from Scotland. This year (2020) medal tests were conducted via Zoom! This was a very unique and wonderful experience!