Latest exam updates

New Guitar syllabus from 2019
  • Our new Guitar syllabus is now available to download
  • Features approximately 50% refreshed repertoire, with some of the most popular pieces retained from the 2009–2018 syllabus
  • More duets for Grades 1–3; duet option extended to Grades 4 and 5
  • ABRSM Guitar Exam Pieces (Grades 1–5) published for the first time
  • Refreshed Prep Test, including newly commissioned solos and duets
Syllabus validity

Guitar syllabus from 2019 comes into effect on 1 January 2019. This means that:

  • candidates can begin to present pieces from the new lists; 
  • candidates can continue to present pieces from the 2009–2018 lists during the overlap period (see below);
  • scales and arpeggios, sight-reading and aural test requirements remain exactly the same as for the 2009–2018 syllabus.
Syllabus overlap

For candidates wishing to present pieces drawn from the 2009–2018 syllabus, the following date limitations apply:

  • 31 May 2019: UK and Ireland only
  • 31 December 2019: All other countries


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