Music Exams

Why take Music Exams?

Learning to play an instrument well requires time and lots of dedication, and so many pupils choose to mark their progress by getting independently and officially marked against a set standard.  At Your Space Music Lessons all our teachers can prepare pupils for exam entry, and will inform pupils when they are ready.  Exam centres are located all around the UK and limited locations around the world, to make it possible for most of our pupils to have the opportunity to take an exam.  

There are various exam boards to choose from.  Click on the links below to exam exam board website for more information about what's involved, exam fees and exam dates (including entry deadlines)

Exam Boards

Your teacher will guide you on the most appropriate exam board for your needs.  Click on each exam board to look at the requirements for your instrument and grade, the venues and fees.


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How to prepare for an Exam

Playing your pieces and scales regularly is the key to success.  There will be trickier parts to your pieces and it is important to listen to your teacher's advice and allow yourself time to get it right.  Breaking pieces down into smaller sections, or slowing right down can help, and if playing the piano, doing sections with one hand only can be effective.

As well as pieces and scales, you will be asked to sight read some music, and complete an aural test which tests your recall of melodies and rhythms.  Your Space Music Lessons offer extra Saturday morning online workshops to help you understand the responses required and give you greater confidence when entering the exam room.  Register for a workshop place here.


What is an Exam Like?


Exam Booking Deadlines

ABRSM Practical Exams happen 3 times in the year March/June/December at exam centres all over the UK and worldwide.  The next UK practical exam dates for ABRSM are:


Session 3 2020

Exam Booking deadline 5th October 2020 for remotely assessed Performance grades and 12th October for Public Venue exams 2020.

ABRSM practical and performance grade exams take place:

  • 9th November - 19th December 2020 for United Kingdom

For further information about exams including International and theory exams please visit


Trinity exam dates vary across the country and per venue so please check here


How to Book an Exam

There are two ways for you to book an exam whilst a Your Space Music Lessons pupil:

1.  Book the exam directly with the chosen exam board (making sure you are aware of the venues available and exam dates) on their online booking websites.  The advantage of booking direct is that you can make instant decisions about the venues and dates for exams.  Please note that when registering as an applicant for the first time it can take 2 - 3 days to receive your applicant number and password in order to book the exam.  Please also be aware that your teacher must confirm whether a pupil is ready to be entered for an exam.  When an exam is booked there are no refunds.

2.  Your Space Music Lessons can book the exam on your behalf for a 8% admin fee.  If you have discussed the exam with your teacher and are ready to book please complete your details here.