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What equipment do I need to bring?

The centre will provide backline equipment for your exam i.e. amplifiers and drum kit.

  • Guitar and Bass candidates must bring their own instrument and leads and we recommend bringing spare strings. If the candidate is using effects then we suggest you use batteries, where possible.
  • Drum candidates must bring their own sticks. For grades 6, 7 and 8, drummers can also bring their own cymbals, hi hats or entire kit. If the candidate wants to bring their own kit, they must notify Rockschool when they enter the exam. Drummers who wish to play electric kit will be required to provide the kit regardless of grade taken. Exam centres will provide an acoustic kit as standard.
  • Vocal candidates must bring their own microphones from Grade 4 upwards.

What if I’m ill at the time of my exam?

The candidate must contact Rockschool on 0800 180 922 as soon as they know they will not be able to take the exam. We will defer your exam to the next period upon receipt of a doctor’s or hospital note.