London College of Music Exam Information:

Spring Exams 2018: Closing Date for all entries and payments 1st February. Exams will be between 10th March and 24th April.

Summer Exams 2018: Closing Date for all entries and payments 21st April. Exams will be between 19th May and 23rd June.

Winter Exams 2018: Closing Date for all entries and payments 1st October. Exams will be between 17th November and 15th December.

Exam Formats

Grades:

Graded exams consist of 3 pieces from the 3 sections of the syllabus current to your grade level, the required scales/ or technical study, sight reading, aural tests and viva voce.
Graded exams are offered in a wide range of subjects, through a progressive system of 8 levels.
Graded exams generate motivation and reward achievement, and the levels are recognised internationally.

Assessment bands are as follows:

85-100% – Distinction
75-84% – Merit
65-74% – Pass
0-64% – Unsuccessful

In the UK, LCM’s graded exams are regulated by Ofqual, DfES and CCEA at Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the Qualifications and Credit Framework, and UCAS points are awarded for higher grades.
LCM’s graded exams are now also included on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

Recital Grades:

The Recital Grades syllabus offers candidates the opportunity to enter for graded exams focusing entirely, or predominantly, on performance.

The exam comprises:
Four pieces (chosen from the graded lists)   EITHER a fifth piece OR sight reading OR viva voce also the pieces do not have to be chosen from different lists, allowing flexibility in repertoire selection.

Assessment bands are as follows:

85-100% – Distinction
75-84% – Merit
65-74% – Pass
0-64% – Unsuccessful

In the UK, LCM’s graded exams are regulated by Ofqual, DfES and CCEA at Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the Qualifications and Credit Framework, and UCAS points are awarded for higher grades. LCM’s recital grades are now also included on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

Leisure Play:

Available in all of the offered music subjects, these are a performance-only alternative to graded exams. They are offered at 8 levels, corresponding in standard to graded exams, the aim is to allow candidates to be able to explore jazz, popular or other contemporary styles if they wish. Candidates are not required to prepare the scales/technical study, aural tests, sight reading or viva voce; however Leisure Play exams do provide an assessment of standard.

As with the graded exams, candidates receive a written report form with comments and marks, and successful candidates receive a certificate.

Assessment bands are as follows:

85-100% – Distinction
75-84% – Merit
65-74% – Pass
0-64% – Unsuccessful

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