Music Teachers 01 August, 2023

Graded Music Exam Updates

Graded Music Exam Updates

Please bookmark this page to keep up to date with changes and amendments to RSL’s graded music exam guidelines, formats and procedures. Updates will be listed in date order, with the most recent overriding any relevant previous entries.

  • 1. Recorded digital exams

    Order of components: As well as existing guidance, we’ve clarified that candidates should not split technical exercises across the exam – ie. they should be presented as one single continuous presentation (in the order shown in the Grade Book).

    Learn more about our Recorded Digital Exams…

    2. Free choice pieces, adapted and benchmarked repertoire

    We’ve clarified (to address perceived misunderstanding / confusion) that accredited free choice pieces (eg. vocals wider repertoire or pieces taken from other current RSL syllabuses) are not considered benchmarked repertoire.

    We now accept a lead sheet as sheet music for FCPs. For a useful description of what a lead sheet is, click here…

    Learn more about Free Choice Pieces…

    3. General information

    All candidates entering exams will be provided with a PDF with our general graded music exam information.

    You can also find this available on the website here…

    All GME candidates are deemed to have read and understood this information.

    4. UCAS points

    Clarification that graded certificates carry UCAS points as well as graded exams and performance certificates.

    Learn more about UCAS Points allocation here…

    Digital Files

    For the RSL shop we’ve chosen the most widely used media for ease of use and flexibility when transferring across different devices.

    Every complete digital book (e.g. Electric Guitar Grade 1) includes:

    • PDF sheet music
    • MP3 audio
    • Supporting tests

    Download Limits

    We know downloading digital content can be frustrating at times which is why we’ve given you multiple chances to download your audio and sheet music.

    Each complete digital book purchased includes:

    • 5 audio downloads
    • 3 sheet music downloadsThis means if you misplace your content, or if your download times-out, you’ll still have plenty of attempts to download your content.

    Purchase Options

    1. Hard Copy

    The hard copy or paperback version can be purchased from our shop for shipping to the UK. Orders for shipping to other countries can be placed via The paperback version includes everything you need for your exam in one essential book, including sheet music, a code for access to MP3 audio and complete supporting tests.

    2. Digital Download (where applicable)

    Digital downloads is the most popular way of purchasing and downloading a Rockschool book, track or supporting test. Rockschool digital book downloads come complete with PDF sheet music, MP3 audio and supporting tests for instant accessibility on all your favourite devices.

    Note: Digital sheet music is stamped with your email address and order number.

    3. Digital Download + E-Book Access

    The RSL e-books, utilising Learning Platform technology powered by MatchMySound, are the ultimate practise tool, giving you the ability to master your instrument like never before.

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