Focusing on all-round musicianship
ABRSM exams are music exams rather than instrumental or singing exams. Examiners assess the quality of the music-making, not how it's achieved. For this reason, we don't restrict examiners to assessing only their own instrument but require them to examine all instruments. We've designed our to motivate instrumental and singing students of all ages and a wide range of abilities. They're available at eight levels – Grades 1 to 8 – and provide:
There are no age restrictions and students can start with any grade or skip grades if they want to.
What's included in the exam?
To succeed in our exams, candidates need a combination of skills and understanding. Broadly, we assess:
How many marks are available?
Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150.
Enjoyment through achievement.
Earning an ABRSM certificate is a rewarding experience. If you're working hard to make progress with your music, you need a way to recognize your success and reassurance that you're on the right track.Music exams offer:
Setting the Standards
ABRSM has been giving structure and support and setting standards for over a hundred years. During that time, much has been tried, tested and consolidated. We use this wealth of experience for the benefit and guidance of the many hundreds of thousands who take our exams, knowing that they're part of the most respected and valued system of music exams in the world.
Bear in mind...
Music exams don't suit everyone, and exam syllabuses aren't intended to provide a complete curriculum or choice of repertoire to the exclusion of all other music. We believe that all musicians should explore a wide range of music to stimulate their interest and refresh their outlook.