Time and Marking Criteria

Entry Level
Initial Grade

Practical Exam

Time : 8 Minutes

Level 1
Grade 1

Practical Exam

Time : 10 Minutes

Weightage : 100%

Grade 2

Practical Exam

Time : 12 Minutes

Weightage : 100%

Grade 3

Practical Exam

Time : 15 Minutes

Weightage : 85%

Theory Exam

Time : 30 Minutes

Weightage : 15%

Level 2
Grade 4

Practical Exam

Time : 18 Minutes

Weightage : 80%

Theory Exam

Time : 60 Minutes

Weightage : 20%

Grade 5

Practical Exam

Time : 21 Minutes

Weightage : 80%

Theory Exam

Time : 90 Minutes

Weightage : 20%

Level 3
Grade 6

Practical Exam

Time : 25 Minutes

Weightage : 80%

Theory Exam

Time : 2 Hours>

Weightage : 20%

Grade 7

Practical Exam

Time : 30 Minutes

Weightage : 80%

Theory Exam

Time : 2 Hours

Weightage : 20%

Grade 8

Practical Exam

Time : 40 Minutes

Weightage : 75%

Theory Exam

Time (per paper) : 2 Hours

Weightage : 25%

The Practical Examination

For Grades Initial, 1 and 2 candidates will be expected to perform the pieces and to answer questions based on the requirements of the prescribed syllabuses.

From Grade 3 onwards there are three main parts to the examination, which can be in any order.

  1. Prepared Performance (your choice) This will be a solo performance demonstrating the knowledge, understanding and skills that the candidate has acquired.
  2. Examiner’s choice
  3. Viva

The Theory Examination

The written paper will consist of different types of questions, depending on the Level, on all topics covered in the prescribed syllabuses – practical and theory.