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Try your hand at examining!

4 years ago


Ever wondered what it's like to mark an ABRSM exam?

With our interactive resource – On Your Marks – you can watch and assess a selection of exams (now including entirely new Grade 8 Piano and Grade 3 Trombone exams) and then compare your results with those of our Chief Examiner, John Holmes.

Covering each element of a graded music exam, this easy-to-use tool gives you an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the assessment process and to find out how examiners use ABRSM’s marking criteria to assess a performance.

On your marks

On your marks - Trombone Grade 3

You can try out this exciting resource at

ABRSM's marking criteria

John Holmes, Chief Examiner ‘Our marking criteria are used by all ABRSM examiners in assessing each section of a practical exam and are fundamental to the consistency and integrity of our work.’ says John.

In each element of the exam, ABRSM operates the principle of marking from the required pass mark positively or negatively, rather than awarding marks by deduction from the maximum or addition from zero.

In awarding marks, examiners balance the extent to which qualities and skills (broadly categorized by pitch, time, tone, shape and performance) are demonstrated and contribute towards the overall musical outcome.

Our marking criteria are available from

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