Candidates should arrive 15 minutes before their exam is due to start.
Most centres will have a practice room but it is not guaranteed. Please refer to our centre list to see if one is available at your preferred venue where access can be arranged via the centre manager/steward if occupied.
All candidates must bring the appropriate hard copy grade book or digital equivalent to be signed or noted by the examiner. Your result may be withheld if the appropriate materials are not presented on the day.
If you are taking a grade 6, 7 or 8 examination then you must bring photographic identification. Your result may be withheld if the appropriate ID is not presented on the day. If you do not have appropriate ID then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help.
The centre will provide backline equipment for your exam i.e. amplifiers and PA system.
The examiner will provide the backing tracks for any pieces from the Rockschool Grade Book or Hot Rock series.
Please note: playing to a backing track is a mandatory requirement in order for the examiner to make an assessment.
Please be aware that OLD syllabus tracks are classified as Free Choice Pieces so the candidate must provide the sheet music and audio as the examiner will not have copies.
Candidates must provide two copies of sheet music if they are taking a Free Choice Piece; an original copy of the tune for the performance and a second copy [photocopy] for the examiner.
The audio can be on a CD or any device with a 3.5mm jack output. Please note that the audio cannot be streamed from a device and must be a downloaded audio file for accessible playback on the exam day.
Scores must be fully staff notated and backing tracks must be without the examined part. Candidates will not be allowed to have live accompaniment, by themselves or another performer. Photocopied pages are permitted to help avoid page turns, as long as the original hard copy grade book/digital equivalent is presented on the day. Examiners will not be able to assist with page turns at any point during the exam.
Candidates must bring their own instrument and leads and we recommend bringing spare strings. If the candidate is using effects then we suggest you use batteries, where possible.
Candidates should be fully tuned up before entering the exam room. Examiners are not permitted to assist with tuning or prepping of any instruments or equipment.
Candidates must bring their own instrument and we recommend bringing spare strings. Candidates should be fully tuned up before entering the exam room. Examiners are not permitted to assist with tuning or prepping of any instruments or equipment.
RSL centres will provide an acoustic kit as standard. Drum candidates must bring their own sticks. For those grades 6, 7 and 8, drummers who have notified Rockschool on their entry that they wish to bring their own equipment they may bring their own cymbals, hi-hats, pedal, snare or even entire kit where RSL can make scheduling accommodation and set up time available.
Drummers who have applied to play an electric kit will be required to provide the entire kit regardless of grade taken and must have notified RSL on entry.
Examiners are not permitted to assist with prepping of any instruments or equipment so please ensure the candidate knows how to adjust a kit to their requirements.
Candidates must bring their own microphone from Grade 6 upwards though some centres will be able to provide one. Please ensure that you check with the exam centre directly prior to the exam day. Examiners are not permitted to assist with tuning or prepping of any instruments or equipment.
For those candidates who have notified Rockschool on their entry that they wish to bring their own equipment they should ensure they bring their keyboard, stand and appropriate pedal. Examiners are not permitted to assist with tuning or prepping of any instruments or equipment.
Candidates will be allowed a few minutes to set up before the exam commences and the examiner will aim to begin the formal assessment according to the schedule. Candidates should be mindful that this time is utilized to also complete a soundcheck.
A sound check will be given at the start of the exam to ensure that the candidate is satisfied with the audio levels. For amplified instruments using effects pedals both clean and distorted volume levels need to considered.
Candidates should be aware that on occasion there may be an additional RSL staff member or trainee in the room with the main examiner for training or Quality Assurance purposes. Candidates will always be consulted should it occur, and are very welcome to decline if they are not
comfortable with it. The additional staff member/trainee will then step out of the room for the duration of their examination.
Teachers and parents will not be allowed into the room during the exam except in exceptional circumstances where permission has been granted under the Reasonable Adjustments process.
With the exception of certain Technical Exercises where memory requirements apply, it is permitted to use grade books which contain notes made during the course of a candidate’s study. However, it isn’t permitted to make notes during the exam.
Restarts on songs and technical exercises will only be permitted if candidates are less than 1/3 of their way through. Candidates must communicate this to the examiner in enough time for the piece to be restarted.
Safeguarding is covered by either having glass in the exam door or CCTV monitoring which the steward will regularly check. No recordings are made via the CCTV system.
On occasion, candidates may have their exams recorded by RSL. The candidate/parent/guardian will be contacted prior to the day of exams to give their permission for RSL to retain and use these recordings in tandem with their exam report, for training and benchmarking purposes. The candidate/parent/guardian should note that none of the recordings will be made available in the public domain and they will be held for a maximum of 6 years.
Candidates/parents/guardians are not permitted to make any recordings of the exam.
Pending moderation of mark sheets, candidates will receive their results online and then by post. We aim to release results a maximum of 3 weeks after the exam and certificates will follow in the post afterwards.
RSL cannot give results out over the phone or by post before the moderation is completed.
Please note: that as a condition of your attendance that the contents of this document has been read and the responsibilities of both candidate and the RSL examiner is fully understood.