What to expect in a music exam

The key to doing well in a music exam, playing your pieces just as well as you can at home and performing confidently in the Aural Tests, is feeling comfortable in the environment. The first time or two, it can be really nerve-wracking but knowing what to expect really helps.

Many of the exam boards publish their own guides for students and parents. We’ve pulled together some of the most popular ones here so you know exactly what to expect on the day.

The Associated Board (ABRSM) has a whole section of it’s website devoted to exam support including this quick guide to your music exam.  The ABRSM exam FAQ page is also full of information.

You can read other articles on the main ABRSM exam support page and also access the ABRSM forum for students, parents and teachers where you can read about other students’ experiences and ask any questions you have.

Another popular exam board is Rockschool. Their FAQ page tells you everything you need to know about sitting a Rockschool exam.

If you’re sitting the LCM music exams, read their FAQ for hints and tips.

We also stock a range of exam support materials like the aural test survival guide to help with preparing for the big day.


So read all about it, learn everything to the best of your ability and listen to all the advice you are given, but if you really want to do well, just relax!

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