ABRSM is the UK’s largest music education body, one of its largest music publishers and the world’s leading provider of music exams, offering assessments to more than 630,000 candidates in 93 countries every year. Our mission is to inspire musical achievement and our graded music exams are a big part of that. These world-leading assessments have the authority of four Royal Schools of Music in the UK, and have been supporting and motivating students around the world since 1889. They are recognised and respected around the world.
Our graded music exams are available at eight levels – Grades 1 to 8 – for a wide range of classical instruments and for singers. You can also do exams in Jazz, Music Theory and Practical Musicianship. Students of any age can take these exams and you can start with any grade or skip grades if you want to.
We’ve designed our exams to help students acquire good musical foundations: performing and listening to music; knowing and understanding how music works; reading and writing music. As you develop these core skills you are also equipping yourself for a lifetime of musical activity – playing in a band or ensemble, composing or improvising, teaching and sharing a passion for music, and much more.
We publish a wide range of publications to help learners prepare for success in their exams, from collections of exam repertoire to books supporting scales and arpeggios, sight-reading, aural tests and theory.