- Exam Entry Form
- Exam Venues
- Your Exam Questions
- Why do MfSF offer exams?
- Which exam board have we chosen?
- How much does it cost to enter for an exam?
- When and where will the exam take place?
- Will there be a chance to rehearse before the exam?
- What happens if my child cannot attend the examination?
- What does my child have to do?
- What happens on the day of the exam?
- What happens after the exam?
- How do I enter my child for the exam?
- Additional Information
Which exams can my child take?
The Associated Board offer lots of different types of assessments, but MfSF focus on standard 'classical' music exams. There are 8 'Grades', numbered progressively in order of difficulty from 1 to 8. Most pupils commence their exams at Grade 1, and continue upwards as they progress, however, it is not compulsory to take all Grades, nor is it necessary to start at Grade 1. For example, a particularly gifted child may be able to begin with Grade 2, miss Grade 3 and move straight on to Grade 4. For pupils who would like the experience of taking an exam without the pressure of passing or failing, some tutors also like to offer entry into the Preparatory Test, which is a pre-Grade 1 performance assessment. Pupils are simply given a positive written appraisal of their performance.