Latest exam updates

Performance Grades: Booking for June Performance Grades is open now until 13 May.

Performance Grade exams

We are now offering Performance Grade exams every month. Please check here for dates and fees. We are extending the introductory 15% discount for these exams so that it applies to all remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams in 2021. Just enter code ABPG15MO when you book. Please also read our terms and conditions here.

Performance Grades discount: system error

We currently have an error in our systems relating to discount codes. When you add the code your order summary will show that 15% has been added to the total, not taken away. However, the 15% discount will be applied to your booking and the correct total will appear at the top of the next screen before you pay. We're working to fix this and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)

We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.

Guitar Star

Guitar Star offers beginner guitarists a refreshing and inspirational choice of pieces to help build confidence and musical skills. The repertoire, composed and arranged by Gary Ryan, is tailored to develop specific techniques through a range of exciting musical styles.

The colourfully illustrated books contain 42 pieces, activities and a play-along CD. Guitar Star provides a rich variety of repertoire from beginner to approaching-Grade 1 standard, designed to fire the imagination of young learners. Many of the pieces can be used for the ABRSM Guitar Prep Test.

Guitar Prep Test

The Prep Test is an ideal introduction to the ABRSM exam experience. It gives students a goal to work towards and a certificate on the day – something to be proud of. In the exam, candidates need to:

  • play three short tunes from memory
  • choose two pieces to play (one of which can be a duet)
  • take part in four listening games

The Guitar Prep Test book has been completely refreshed for use from January 2019 onwards. We've worked carefully with syllabus selectors to make the Prep Test a perfect stepping stone from beginner to Grade 1 standard.

Containing five newly commissioned pieces (two of which are duets), three short tunes and examples of listening games, preparing for the Guitar Prep Test has never been easier.

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