For some, an important part of playing an instrument is taking a grade examination. MAPAS primarily use the Associated Board examination system but through our involvement in the Greater Manchester Music Hub can offer alternative examination boards such as Rock School or Trinity.

We offer ABRSM examination sessions three times a year and, in agreement with the MAPAS tutor and parent/carer, pupils are entered for these exams when they are ready. If you would like to enter for the next ABRSM exams please complete the form below.

MAPAS can also help you to arrange a music theory examination. In order to take higher practical grades, you need to pass Grade 5 music theory. Please note that Music Theory assessment at Grades 1 to 5 must be taken as an online exam. Candidates can take the exam in any location where they have a laptop or desktop computer with a webcam and internet access. For further information about these examinations please contact the MAPAS office by emailing

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The next round of ABRSM examinations will take place at The Quaker Meeting House, 13 The Polygon, Wellington Road, Eccles, M30 0DS on Monday 19 – Wednesday 21 July. Entries have now closed for the ABRSM exams this term.

All candidates must have an accompanist with the exception of piano pupils. A MAPAS accompanist is available at a cost of £5, which includes a rehearsal prior to the exam. You can provide your own accompanist if you prefer.

MAPAS also provide aural training classes leading up to the examination. These classes are optional but are highly recommended. The cost for these is £5; please indicate below if you wish to attend these classes.