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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 20th September 2019 – Online 27th September – Exam 6th November 2019
  • Trinity College: 23rd September 2019 – Exams on 2nd and 4th November 2019
  • London College of Music: 8th October 2019 – Exam on 30th November 2019
  • Rockschool: Popular Music Theory 2019 closing 17th June 2019 – Exam 20th July 2019


  • ABRSM: Postal 20th September 2019 – Online: 27th September 2019 – Exams 4th November, 7th December 2019
  • Trinity College and Trinity Rock & Pop: Varies by centre. Check the link below for your area.
  • London College (Classical):closing 1st October 2019 – Exams: 1st November to7th December 2019
  • Rockschool:23rd October 2019 – Exams 7th November to 15th December 2019
  • Registry of Guitar Tutors:1st October 2017


  • Rockschool: Music Production, closing 12th June 2019 – Exams 13th July, Coursework: 3rd-14 July 2019

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