Latest exam updates

Performance Grade booking

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens in February. For details, see our dates and fees page.

Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – we will not be offering these exams in March. The next exams at Grades 6 to 8 will be in June 2021.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

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Guitar exams

Guitar exams consist of three pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight-reading and aural tests.

Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. You need 100 marks to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.

There are eight grades of assessment. Select a grade using the links below to view the syllabus and supporting materials for that grade.

Repertoire highlights

Q&A with Gary Ryan

Read our interview with Gary Ryan, one of the world’s leading exponents of the guitar and a consultant for our new Guitar syllabus.

Publications and audio

Supporting apps

Aural Trainer

Aural Trainer features interactive challenges to develop aural skills and make aural practice more engaging.

Speedshifter

A practice tool that allows you to vary the speed of audio without altering the pitch.

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