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Guitar Grade Exams

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  1. Debut

  2. Grade 1

  3. Grade 2

  4. Grade 3

  5. Grade 4

  6. Grade 5

  7. Grade 6

  8. Grade 7

  9. Grade 8

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Rockschool Grade Exam

Rockschool grade exams are designed for contemporary musicians. The exams are designed for all age groups starting at an Initial grade and going up to advanced diploma courses. For a practising musician, the exams are designed for a multi year curriculum with skills and techniques going up at every grade level.

Rockschool has been producing music material for 30+ years to help musicians assess their progress. Rockschool is one of the widely recognised global brands for their certifications in musical instruments. They cover Guitar, Piano, Keyboard, Singing, Ukulele, Drums, Violin, Bass Guitar, Music Production & Music Theory.

So, whether you are taking the first steps to learn or you are looking to improve your technical skills and proficiency in any musical instrument, Rockschool, London is a great choice for you. Explore Rockschool, London.

Technical Exercises

There are either three or four groups of technical exercise, depending on the grade:

Debut - Grade 2 Grade 3 - Grade 5 Grade 6 - Grade 8
✓ Group A: Scales Group A: Scales Group A: Scales
✓ Group B: Chords Group B: Arpeggios Group B: Arpeggios
✓ Group C: Acoustic Riff Group C: Chords Group C: Chords
Group D: Acoustic Riff Group D: Stylistic Study

Grade Exam Duration

Grade Level Duration
Debut 14 minutes
Grade 1 17 minutes
Grade 2 17 minutes
Grade 3 20 minutes
Grade 4 24 minutes
Grade 5 24 minutes
Grade 6 27 minutes
Grade 7 27 minutes
Grade 8 30 minutes
Exam Duration

Grade Exam Structure



Performance Piece 1

Maximum marks

20



Performance Piece 2

20




Performance Piece 3

20




Technical Exercises

20




Total

80


Learning Outcomes & Assessment Criteria

DEBUT-GRADE 3
Learning Outcomes
The learner will:
Assessment Criteria
learner can:
1. Perform music in a variety of styles set for the grade 1.1 Apply skills, knowledge and understanding to present performances that demonstrate careful preparation, musical awareness and the beginning of thoughtful interpretation
1.2 Perform with general security of pitch and rhythm, and with attention given to dynamics and articulation
1.3 Maintain a reasonable sense of continuity in performance and convey the mood of music in a variety of styles
2. Demonstrate technical ability on an instrument through responding to set technical demands 2.1 Demonstrate familiarity with the fundamentals of instrumental command
2.2 Demonstrate technical control and facility within set tasks
3. Respond to set musicianship tests 3.1 Recognize and respond to simple elements of music in a practical context
3.2 Demonstrate basic aural and musical awareness
GRADES 4-5
Learning Outcomes
The learner will:
Assessment Criteria
learner can:
1.Perform music in a variety of styles set for the grade 1.1 Support their intentions in musical performance
1.2 Demonstrate an understanding of music that allows a degree of personal interpretation in performance
1.3 Perform with general accuracy, technical fluency and musical awareness to convey musical character in a variety of styles
2.Demonstrate technical ability on an instrument through responding to set technical demands 2.1 Demonstrate a developing instrumental command
2.2 Demonstrate technical control and facility within set tasks
3.Respond to set musicianship tests 3.1 Recognise and respond to elements of music in a practical context
3.2 Demonstrate aural and musical awareness
GRADES 6-8
Learning Outcomes
The learner will:
Assessment Criteria
learner can:
1.Perform music in a variety of styles set for the grade 1.1 Integrate their musical skills, knowledge and understanding in performance
1.2 Present secure and sustained performances that demonstrate some stylistic interpretation
1.3 Perform with general accuracy, technical fluency and musical awareness to communicate musically in a variety of styles
2.Demonstrate technical ability on an instrument through responding to set technical demands 2.1 Demonstrate `instrumental command
2.2 Demonstrate technical control across the full compass of the instrument within set tasks
3.Respond to set musicianship tests 3.1 Recognise and respond to musical features in a practical context
3.2 Demonstrate musical and stylistic awareness

Rockschool Acoustic Guitar Grade Marking System

In the exam you will be playing 3 songs and technical exercise. Each piece (song & technical exercise) is marked separately and will be given feedback by Rockschool examiner. This process allows candidates to get feedback about specific aspects of their performance.

Element PASS MERIT DISTINCTION
Performance Piece 1 12-14 out of 20 15-17 out of 20 18+ out of 20
Performance Piece 2 12-14 out of 20 15-17 out of 20 18+ out of 20
Performance Piece 3 12-14 out of 20 15-17 out of 20 18+ out of 20
Technical Exercises 12-14 out of 20 15-17 out of 20 18+ out of 20
TOTAL MARKS 60%+ 74%+ 90%+

Attainment band

The attainment bands for Grade Examination are as follows:

Attainment band Distinction Merit Pass
Mark range 90-100 74-89 60-73
Percentage 90-100% 74-89% 60-73%

Success Stories

Joanne Abraham

Grade 1

Aarav Panicker

Initial Grade

Ashwin Marudachalam

Initial Grade

Mohammad ZM Kabir

Grade 8

Grade Exam Results & Certifications

The Grade exam results will be marked by one of the examiners from Rockschool,, London. They will watch the video and supporting documents and you can expect the result to be declared in 3-4 weeks (in case if reviews are there, it may take up to 8 weeks). The examiner will give feedback both in video (as shown below) and as a document. Sample document copy of the exam result of one of our students is attached for your reference.

Generally it takes 3-4 months for us to receive the original certificate. For students in India, the certificate will come to us and we will dispatch to your respective locations. For all international locations, the certificate will be dispatched directly from Rockschool to the respective student’s residence.