About our exams
Introducing ABRSM exams
We design our exams to inspire and challenge developing musicians and to recognise and celebrate their progress.
We provide a range of assessments for musicians of all ages and at all levels, from the Prep Test and Initial Grade for beginners to advanced-level diplomas for performers, teachers and directors.
Assessments are available for instrumentalists and singers, including Singing for Musical Theatre and Jazz, and as face-to-face or digital assessments. We also offer Music Theory exams that assess musical knowledge and understanding.
Select a link below to find out more about the different kinds of exams we offer or scroll down the page for more information about our approach to music exams and assessment.
Our examiners assess all instruments and singing as generalist musicians, not as instrumental or vocal specialists. They use our universal marking criteria to assess the musical outcome which allows them to mark consistently across all subjects. The marking criteria, available in our qualification specifications and syllabuses, explain what the examiner looks for when they make their assessment.
All our examiners receive comprehensive training before and after joining our examiner team. Continuing professional development, moderation and monitoring means that we have a team of examiners that we trust and know to be impartial, objective and consistent.