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About Singing exams

We offer a range of assessments for singers, from the Prep Test for beginners up to Grade 8 and diplomas in Music Performance for advanced musicians. 

We have made some small changes to the repertoire lists for Singing Performance Grades and Practical Grades. The updated syllabuses are available to download on this page. To find out more, read the blog here. 

Read on to find out more about our Singing exams. 

Singing – Practical Grades

Practical Grades are face-to-face exams that focus on all-round musical knowledge and skills, including performance. Exams are available at Grades 1 to 8. In the exam you perform three accompanied songs and one unaccompanied folk song as well as taking sight-singing and aural tests.  


Download a PDF of the full Singing Practical Grades qualification specification. This includes the syllabus and marking criteria as well as detailed information about exam requirements.

Singing – Performance Grades

Performance Grades are digital exams assessed from a video recording. They have a strong focus on performance, including communication, interpretation and delivery. In the exam you perform a programme of four songs.   

Singers can take Performance Grades at Grades 1 to 8. There are no booking periods or exam sessions so you can choose when to book, record and submit your exam.  

As well as reading the qualification specification and syllabus for your subject, you should read our Performance Grade guidance which includes important information about recording and submitting your exam video. Follow the link below to find out more. 


Download PDFs of the Performance Grades Qualification Specification and Singing syllabus.

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