Rock Guitar Exams
RGT rock guitar exams are organised in partnership with London College of Music Exams (one of the world's most respected music examination boards, established since 1887) and certificated by the University of West London, resulting in a recognised standard by which the skills and abilities of rock guitarists can be assessed.
RGT graded exams, from Grade One onwards, are regulated by Ofqual (Ofqual) and have been placed on the Qualifications and Credit Framework. UCAS points towards university entrance are awarded from Grade 6 onwards.
These officially accredited and internationally recognised exams offer a formal recognition of the specific talents of rock guitar players.
10 exam grades are available, ranging from Initial Stage (for beginners) up to Grade 8 (for aspiring professional musicians).
Download a Rock Guitar grade exam Information Booklet to see the requirements of each grade exam.
Rock Guitar Performance Awards
Candidates who prefer not to take a full grade exam can instead opt for a Rock Guitar Performance Award, which focuses entirely on the performance of prepared pieces. Performance Awards can be performed at an exam centre, or alternatively candidates can submit a video or audio recording of themselves playing the pieces.
See our Rock Guitar Performance Awards webpage for more information.
What Happens During A Rock Grade Exam?
The core of all RGT rock guitar grade exams is the Prepared Performance section, where you perform the rock pieces you’ve chosen to play in the exam.
From Preliminary Grade onwards, the examiner also tests your aural ability to reproduce riffs and recognise chords.
From Grade One onwards, there is an improvisation section where you improvise a lead solo and then a rhythm guitar part to a backing track.
Grade Exam Handbooks
RGT publishes a course handbook for each grade that provides detailed information and examples of the Improvisation and Aural Assessment sections of the exams. All the scales and chords that would be useful for each exam are provided in the grade handbook. There is no requirement to read traditionally notated music as all music is also provided in easy-to-read TAB or fretboxes.
The books also include helpful guidance about the performance pieces required for the exam. For Initial Stage and Preliminary Grade the notation and CD demos and backing tracks are included in the handbooks. From Grade One onwards, the notation and audio is in separate publications.
The RGT series of rock guitar grade handbooks provide a unique and structured way to develop and improve your rock guitar playing. They are available from many good music/book stores or online at www.BooksForGuitar.com
Benefits of Taking an RGT Exam
- Gain a useful and internationally recognised qualification.
- Find out, via a reliable and independent assessment, what standard your playing is.
- Achieve your playing potential by setting yourself a clear target to aspire to.
- Preparing for the exam will help you develop all aspects of your playing in a structured way, increase your knowledge of guitar techniques and music theory.