Latest exam updates

Our new online exam booking service

You can now register and create your new account.  For further information and to watch our registration video click here.

Practical Session 2 Update - Malta

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.

Unfortunately government restrictions have not lifted in time for us to open the postponed booking period. Therefore we will be cancelling Session 2 Practical exams scheduled for October-December. Our Representative will provide further guidance in due course. We are very sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and we will continue to monitor the situation. Thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place.

We will be gradually rolling out remotely-assessed Performance Grades https://gb.abrsm.org/en/performancegrades/ internationally and will share exam dates and booking periods soon.

The booking period for online Music Theory exams at Grades 1 to 5 is now open. The closing date is Monday 12 October. For information about Grades 6 to 8, see our dates and fees page. To book exams you will need to register and create an account with our new online booking service.

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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