Music Exams

ABRSM exams in Camden

We will be running ABRSM exams in the Autumn term for children learning with Camden Music Service.

When? To be confirmed.

Where? Camden School for Girls, Sandall Road, NW5 2DB.

Deadline: To be confirmed.


Grade Exam fee Facility fee (information below)
prep test £43 £7.50
Initial grade £43 £7.50
Grade 1 £48 £7.50
Grade 2 £55 £7.50
Grade 3 £64 £10.50
Grade 4 £69 £10.50
Grade 5 £76 £10.50
Grade 6 £88 £15.00
Grade 7 £94 £15.00
Grade 8 £111 £15.00


Accompanist Needed for all exams except guitar and piano £19.00


What is the facility fee?

We have lots of pupils taking exams in Camden, so we arrange a private visit. This means - 

  • The exam is in Camden so it is easier for most people to get to
  • We choose the dates so you know when the exam will be in advance
  • We provide warm-up rooms so your child is ready to play in the exam
  • We arrange accompanists so you don't have to find one 

Hiring and staffing an exam venue is expensive so we are going to have to charge an extra facility fee for this service. 

Families who qualify for Free School Meals will not pay the extra facility fee.

What is an accompanist?

  • An accompanist will play the piano with your child in the exam
  • An accompanist is needed for all exams, except guitar and piano
  • We can provide an accompanist, or you can bring your own, but you need to let us know on the application form

What is a practice session?

  • We can arrange a practice session on a Saturday. Your child will be able to play with the accompanist and practise all parts of the exam.
  • We recommend you arrange a practice session, especially if your child is taking grade 5 or above.
  • You can choose a practice session on the application form. We will be in touch to arrange a date. The cost is £17.93 for 30 minutes. A subsidised rate is available to children eligible for free school meals.

What happens if I need to cancel?

  • If you need to withdraw your entry we will only be able to offer a refund up to 28 days before the exam. After this we will need to pay the ABRSM for the exam and will not be able to refund the fee.

ABRSM exams at a London Centre

You can still enter your child for an exam at a London Centre by visiting the ABRSM website

ABRSM theory exams

Theory exams for grade 1 to 5 now take place online. Grade 6 to 8 take place at a London Centre. You can enter your child for a theory exam through the ABRSM website

What are music grades?

We can prepare pupils for Associated Board practical exams. These are available in most instruments and voice. The Associated Board also offer theory of music exams.

Exams provide a progressive system of assessments. They start with the Prep Test. This is a gentle introduction where the examiner gives encouraging feedback. There is no pass or fail.

Grades 1 - 8 need 100 marks out of 150 to pass. Pupils can study in their own time and at their own pace. There is no need to take every grade. Many pupils skip a level.

The exams are recognised as international benchmarks. Grades 6 and above carry UCAS points.

To enter at grade 6 and above, pupils need to have passed grade 5 theory.

Exams don't suit all pupils, but, for some they provide clear goals and are good for motivation.

What happens in the exam?

In the exam pupils will need to -

  • Play three prepared pieces of music
  • Play scales they have learnt
  • Play a short piece of music they have not seen before
  • Take a short listening test

Most pupils will need an accompanist. This is someone to play the piano in the exam. Camden Music Service can arrange this for you.

Pupils playing the piano or guitar will not need an accompanist.