Take your music exam
wherever and whenever you want

  • Our Aim

    The future of education

    Online Music Exam’s aim is to make exams more affordable and more accessible to everyone through online systems.
    We are the dedicated and Accredited Online music exam organisation with a fully compliant online exam system from start to finish for students.


    Valued partnerships

    We partner with leading music industry companies to create online graded instrument courses on a range of instruments. Perfect for both teachers and students, we provide the world’s first accredited online music exams with an easy to use and safe portal.


    Affordable, Accessible, Green

    We are able to make our exams available throughout the world and to anyone who has internet access. The exams are easy to use and safe. We are able to produce exams at a fairer price point and we can provide the materials for free. There is no paper needed to learn or take these exams and with no more travelling to an exam centre, less CO2 is produced.



    The courses and their exams adhere to the strict guidelines set out by OFQUAL and through our partners TLM, we are able to accredit these exams on the RQF and EQF. This means fully accredited and recognised graded certificates. We are also independently moderated for consistency and quality.


    Safety first

    Online music exams take security seriously. All exams are encrypted and we don’t share any data. Furthermore all our examiners are DBS checked.

Our Aim

how to choose and take your online exam

  • Step 1

Download your course & exam materials for free from your desired brand (Orange amps)

  • Step 2

Learn with the teacher

  • Step 3

Purchase your exam and take it anytime with the company you have chosen via their website (Orange amps)

  • Step 4

Receive your Certificate in days


No need to travel to an exam center anymore and no chance of being late!


Our syllabus and all course materials are free, as well as the backing tracks and aural tests. Our 3 tier system also reduces the number of grades to pay for.


Our 3 Tier system helps reduce the number of exams needed to achieve the grades you want. The Foundation exam covers Debut to Grade 2, Intermediate covers Grade 3 to Grade 5 and Advanced covers Grade 6 to Grade 8


You can take your exam any day of the year, taking pressure off teachers and students to be ready in time for an examination window. Also taking your exam online has shown to reduce stage fright.


As our system is entirely online we can process your results quicker. This means you can get your marking sheet and certificate in days rather than weeks.


One of the reasons we are the first and only provider of government accredited, online music exams to grade 8, is our attention to detail and quality control. Our examiners can review exam material in the marking room with more accuracy through the replaying of the exam, cutting the need to look away to write while you play. Examiners can also see the student and their playing in more detail than current face to face exams as the recording is much closer. Our FPS (frames per second) checker helps to ensure a good quality of image and audio syncing. We have independent moderators who also mark your exam to make sure our examiners are always accurate. Under these recording conditions students can afford to relax and perform in familiar surroundings. Below are our regulatory and accrediting bodies.


The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England.

The European Qualifications Framework is a European-wide qualifications framework which joins the qualifications of different EU members together.

The Regulated Qualifications Network is the government register of officially recognised qualifications

The Learning Machine is an awarding body who independently moderate our qualifications.

How it works

Taking the exam

Once students have learnt the materials needed for the exam and they feel ready, they can take the exam.

The exam is completely online and is captured via video recordings. Each part of the exam is separated into easier to prepare disciplines with a separate multiple choice theory exam. Upon recording the exam, students will hear an examiner who will set each task. Students will be asked to perform set pieces from the exam materials and set scales. Sight reading and aural questions will also be asked of the students with a timed multiple choice theory exam held at the end.

Once completed these recordings are automatically uploaded to the examiner who will mark and grade your exam. Our independent moderator will also mark the exam in some instances for quality assurance. When the exam is approved, the student will have their marks sent to their account on the website they signed in to and if they have passed they will receive their digital certificate. Student marks will be uploaded to the government table for results and you can check your qualification with the number on your certificate.

As the exam process from start to finish is completely online you can receive your marks and certificate within days as opposed to the standard couple of weeks.

What exams are available?

We are proud to have developed a new guitar graded course with industry guitar amp legends, Orange Amps.

Orange will take you from a complete beginner to grade 8 in rock guitar through their in depth course materials. Students and teachers can download their course materials and take their Grades online on the orange website

Added Benefits of the Orange course are that students and teachers can choose ANY published piece of music throughout the world as long as it is in line with the Orange rules and regulations.

I took the exam for myself before recommending it to my students. The whole exam process was intuitive and surprisingly fun to take!

Scott Reid
Scott ReidGuitar Tutor - Graduate of the Academy of Contemporary Arts - PTLLS, CTLLS

I took the exam for myself before recommending it to my students. The whole exam process was intuitive and surprisingly fun to take!

Scott Reid
Scott ReidGuitar Tutor - Graduate of the Academy of Contemporary Arts - PTLLS, CTLLS

Exam Prices

Online music exams are able to offer examinations online at a very competitive price. Instead of taking 9 exams and paying for them individually, students can now take advantage of paying via the new 3 tier system, or stick to the original grade system. The new system groups exam content together so there are less exams to take, giving you better value for money.

Online Music ExamsIncludes standard GradesOnline Music Exams PriceOther Exam Board GradesTypical Exam Board Price
Grade 1Grade 1£42.50
Grade 2Grade 2£47.50
Grade 3Grade 3£52.50
Grade 4Grade 4£60
Grade 5Grade 5£67.50
Grade 6Grade 6£75
Grade 7Grade 7£82.50
Grade 8Grade 8£95

About Us

We started as an educational non profit organisation founded in 2010 with the aim of improving access to music education. The company started working with local school children, offering free music lessons with a small group of music teachers. Music tuition was aimed at children who would not otherwise have had the opportunity to experience learning a musical instrument. As these lessons grew in popularity, students started to reach grade level and the teachers would have to find the money to pay for the exams on behalf of the students. Eventually the organisation managed to team up with a local music school, Loughton Music Academy, who’s owner funded these exams and future lessons. The Community Music Initiative (CMI) was born. Eventually CMI were able to draw down funding to start localised projects and open mic nights.

It wasn’t until 3 years later that a noticeable gap started to appear in music education. Students who showed so much talent, but could not afford lessons, could also not afford a qualification and both the music school and CMI struggled to meet the demand of costs. The upset of missed opportunities for talented students became the focal point and indeed the turning point for the CMI. Pulling together teachers and I.T specialists, all with the same goal of improving opportunities to everyone, the CMI started with their online exams project.

CMI started trading as Online Music Exams working closely with altruistic partners and awarding body, The Learning Machine and in 2016, partnered with legendary guitar amplifier company Orange Amps as part of Orange’s education program. Orange too wanted to improve access to music education and working together Online music exams and Orange formed the Orange Rock Guitar course with 8 grades.

Online Music Exams were able to offer all the materials for free with just the exams to pay for which were at a fairer price point than current exam prices. As the project is all digital, Online Music Exams are able to offer the service worldwide and aim to reach remote areas of the world where students are not able to afford a qualification. It is there, in these communities that CMI and its partners will be able to offer the entire process, including the exams, for free.

We hope all find value in what we have achieved and please let us know if you find a positive outcome from this project at [email protected]




Students don’t have to wait anymore to take their exam, they can now take it any day and anywhere with internet.


Students can get their results much quicker than the traditional method with helpful documentation on how to improve from exam results.


Our qualification platform is recognised around the world and used for OFQUAL accredited music grades.


Examiners do not need to travel across the world and parents do not need to travel to the exam centre.


Course books and materials that are normally bought, can be provided at a reduced cost or even free. We provide them online to read, download and even print if necessary.


As content is digital, examination boards can upgrade songs and materials in line with current music tastes. You can even choose performance piece.


No more worries for students of not being able to attend an exam on the day and no more admin headaches for the exam board.


As the exams are recorded, students can re-sit their exam as early as the next day if they wish to improve their results.


No exam centre fees for exam boards. Improves exam quality control with everything in one place.


Examiners will only mark exams in instruments that they specialise in. Improve quality control with a greater choice of instrument dedicated examiners available around the world.