Frequently Asked Questions about Rockschool exams, qualifications and services.

Exam Information

Q. How do I apply for an exam?

A. Complete the appropriate entry form and submit to RS EVENT CENTER by the closing date.

Q. Can I photocopy the scoresheets from Rockschool Exam Books?

A. Rockschool exam music is copyrighted and may not be copied without permission from Rockschool. However, candidates may photocopy any schoresheets that are going to be played during the exam to eliminate page turns. The photocopied scoresheets will be taken by the examiner at the end of the exam.

Q. How much does an exam cost?

A. The price of an exam varies depending on which grade the candidate is taking. Please view the exam fees here.

Q. When do the exams take place?

A. The exams are conducted a few times a year. Please visit this page for exams and registration dates.

Q. Can I arrange my own exam date?

A. No. We do our extreme best to always offer candidates the most convenient date, time and location for the exams. Candidates can help us by providing us the dates of when they are unavailable on the exam entry form.

Q. On what days of the week and at what times are Rockschool examinations held?

A. Exams are held 7 days a week. Please note that this includes school days, weekends and school holidays during the exam periods.

Q. When will I be notified of my exam time and date?

A. Rockschool gives a minimum of 2 weeks' notice before an exam. If a candidate hasn't received confirmation from us and the exam is due, email singapore@rockschool.com.sg

Q. Can I change the exam date or time after it's been confirmed?

A. Candidates must inform RS EVENT CENTER of any date(s) of when they are unavailable when they fill in the entry form. Changing an exam date when it has already been confirmed is very difficult. Under extenuating circumstances we will try to alter the date but this cannot be guaranteed.

Any changes to an exam date or time after it has been scheduled will incur a sliding scale of fees: More than one month to the exam – SGD20; within fourteen days of the exam – SGD40. Deferring an exam to the next period will incur a deferral fee of half the original exam fee (depending on the grade the candidate is taking).

Q. Where do the exams take place?

A. Exams take place at any one of the certified exam centres. Rockschool always aims to offer candidates the most convenient centre possible but, this cannot be guaranteed.

Q. Are there any provisions for candidates with special educational needs?

A. Yes. Candidates must inform RS EVENT CENTER of what they need on the entry form and/or give a call to RS EVENT CENTER and Rockschool will do everything they can to provide for the candidate.

Preparing for a Rockschool Exam

Q. How do I know if I am ready for my exam?

A. Rockschool advises that before entering an exam the candidate should be confident and proficient in everything contained in the books. Rockschool advises self taught candidates to have a few lessons with a teacher to check if they are ready.

Q. Do I need to have taken a theory exam, to sit a Rockschool exam?

A. No. Rockschool does not require candidates to take a theory exam before doing an exam.

Q. Can I play pieces/songs for my exam that are not in the Grade Books?

A. A Free Choice piece is the alternative to playing a song from the Grade Books. Each Graded Exam (Debut-Grade 8) has up to two free choice option. Performance Certificates have up to three free choice options. Candidates can perform either:

  • Their own composition
  • Songs in the public domain, including hits from the charts. For example, a song by their favourite band or artist.
  • The Rockschool Hot Rock series contains specially edited exam versions of Grade relevant classic rock songs
  • Solos or studies from other exam boards

The piece must conform to the free choice criteria which can be found on Rockschool UK.

You will need to provide the printed sheetmusic and backing tracks for your Free Choice Pieces during your exam.

Q. I need some advice on the technical aspects of the exams. What should I do?

A. Rockschool offers Companion guides for Guitar, Bass, Drums, Band Based Keys and Vocals. There is also a Technical Handbook which gives extra support and guidance for teachers and candidates on the technical aspects of the exam, all the scales, arpeggios and the unseen tests for guitar, bass and drums. The syllabus guide for each instrument has a breakdown of the technical requirements for each grade. The syllabus guide for each instrument can be found on Rockschool UK.

Q. Do I need to start from the beginning (Entry Level/ Debut) or can I go in at any level, for example: Grade 5?

A. Candidates can take a Rockschool exam at any grade without having taken the grade before or an equivalent exam. Rockschool assumes that if a candidate starts at any level other than Entry Level (Debut) or Grade 1, then they are proficient in the techniques and skills required at the lower grades. Candidates should check the syllabus guide and talk to a teacher before entering an exam.

During the Exam

Q. Do I need to bring my Grade Book to the exam?

A. Yes, the candidate will need to bring the book to play the pieces in the exam.

Q. What equipment do I need to bring?

A. The centre will provide backline equipment for your exam i.e. amplifiers and drum kit. Guitar and bass candidates must bring their own instruments and leads and we recommend bringing spare strings. If the candidate is using Effects/Pedals then we suggest you use batteries, where possible as there may not be an accessible power outlet at the exam venue.

Drum candidates must bring their own sticks. For Grades 6, 7 and 8, drummers can also bring their own cymbals, hi hats and snare drums, but not the entire kit. If the candidate wants to bring their own kit, they must notify RS EVENT CENTER when they enroll.

Vocal candidates must use microphones for Grade 4 exams and upwards. Candidates are encouraged to bring their own microphones. If you do not have your own microphone, please contact your assigned Exam Centre to check if one will be available.

Keyboard/Piano candidates can bring their own portable keyboards/digital pianos. Be sure to notify RS EVENT CENTER ahead of time.

Q. Do I need to play to the Backing Track in the exam?

A. Yes, the candidate will perform to the backing tracks and will need the Grade Book to refer to when playing.

Q. Can I use photocopied sheets for my free choice piece?

A. Candidates must bring two copies of music for the free choice piece; an original copy of the tune for the performance and a second copy (photo copy) for the examiner.

Q. What if I'm ill at the time of my exam?

A. The candidate must contact RS EVENT CENTER as soon as possible. We will defer your exam to the next period upon receipt of a doctor or hospital note.

After the Exam

Q. When will I get my exam results?

A. Candidates will receive their results (Examination Report) a maximum of 4 weeks after the last date of an exam tour. If it has been over 4 weeks and the candidate hasn't received their results, contact the RS EVENT CENTER.

Q. When will I receive my Certificate?

A. Certificates come separately from the exam result, usually within 3 months from the last date of the exam tour. If it has been more than 3 months and the candidate has not received their certificate, contact the RS EVENT CENTER.

Q. I've lost my certificate. Can I get a replacement?

A. Download and fill in the Rockschool Certificate Replacement Form and follow the instructions within. Replacement certificates cost SGD60 each and will be marked with the words "Replacement Certificate".

Q. The name is incorrectly spelt on the certificate. Can I get a replacement?

A. Certificates will have their names spelt as it is on the entry form. If we have made an error we will replace it.

If the entry form is found to be incorrect there is a cost of SGD60 to replace the certificate with the correct name.

Any errors can be amended in the time between issuing the initial letter and confirmation of the exam date. After this point a fee is incurred on any certificate amendments.

Q. How do I make an appeal?

A. Candidates can check the Rockschool appeal process. If the candidate feels their case fits the criteria they can download the Appeal Request form and send it to the RS EVENT CENTER.

General Questions

Q. How do we become a Rockschool exam centre?

A. Contact RS EVENT CENTER and they will see if Rockschool needs a new centre in your area before asking you to complete an application form.

Q. I am a teacher. Can I arrange a private day of exams for my students?

A. Yes. Teachers are required to provide us enough examinees that will take up 8 hours of exam time, inclusive of all levels/grades. Send in the completed Teacher Entry Form with details of the venue and the proposed date. RS Event Center will contact you to make the further arrangements.