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Exams are held three times a year corresponding roughly to school terms. Theory exams are held on specific days but the practical exams are spread over a ‘period’

The Dates

The closing dates for the next exams are:


  • ABRSM: Postal 22nd September 2017 – Online: 29th September 2017 – Exam 7th November 2017
  • Trinity College: 18th September 2017 – Exams on 6th November 2017
  • London College of Music:1st October 2017 – Exam on 16th December 2017


  • ABRSM: Postal 22nd September 2017 – Online: 29th September 2017
  • Trinity College: 6th October 2017 – Exams: 20th November & 4th December 2017
  • Trinity Rock & Pop: Varies by centre. Check the link below for your area.
  • London College (Classical):1st October 2017 – Online: 8th October – Exams: 18th November & 16th December 2017
  • Rockschool:1st October 2017 – Exams from 23rd October to 15th December 2017
  • Registry of Guitar Tutors:1st October 2017


  • Rockschool: Music Production exams 8th October, 9th December 2017

Examination Authorities

Exams are offered from

  • Rockschool,
  • Registry of Guitar Tutors (RGT)
  • London College of Music
  • Trinity College
  • Associated Boards of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)

There are a variety of reasons for taking exams. Here are some of them.

  • Qualifications for university points.
  • Certificates that demonstrate your ability to study
  • Your personal satisfaction
  • Taking a graduated form of study to develop your playing ability

Studying for an exam is useful even if you don’t take or ever intended to take an exam. These studies provide a graded way of learning - that is, easy stuff first and then gradually more difficult stuff, each step being a little more difficult than the last.

Exams are done by grades, numbered one to eight. There are also pre-grade levels called Preliminary or Debut. After the grades there are diplomas and degrees.

Preparation and coaching for exams is available from me including mock exams and past examination papers. Go to the contact page or call 07795 205 065.




Registry of Guitar Tutors:

London College of Music:

Trinity College:

Trinity Rock and Pop:

John Chandler