Guitar exams consist of three pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight-reading and aural tests.

Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. You need 100 marks to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.

There are eight grades of assessment. Select a grade using the links below to view the syllabus and supporting materials for that grade.

Guitar syllabus from 2019

Repertoire highlights

Q&A with Gary Ryan

Read our interview with Gary Ryan, one of the world’s leading exponents of the guitar and a consultant for our new Guitar syllabus.

Publications and audio

Supporting apps

Aural Trainer

Speedshifter

A practice tool that allows you to vary the speed of audio without altering the pitch.

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