Exams without the stress

MTB Exams are recorded and overseen by the teacher, either in person or remotely over webcam and so the examination can be taken at any time to suit both teacher and pupil. You will need an accompanist* (where relevant) and it is acceptable for the teacher to accompany their own student if they would like to do so.  Recordings can also be used for the accompaniments in the exam.

*As part of our reasonable adjustments policy we have made accompaniments optional for all instruments during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Before beginning the exam please check you have the following:

  • A phone/tablet with the MTB App installed.
  • Your exam front cover (received with your exam entry email).
  • Your centre number (this can be found on your account after signing up).
  • Any music/recordings you may need in order to deliver the Recital, Technical & Musicianship sections of the assessment.

If the exam is being conducted by the teacher remotely through webcam please state this at the start of the exam recording, to see an example of an MTB exam conducted over webcam please watch our video demonstration below.

We have also produced a helpful guidance document for parents and learners on MTB exams which is available to download here:  MTB Parent & Learner Guide

Exam Process

Step 1: Login to the App and press ‘New Exam’

You must have a teacher present (in person or via video webcam) who is registered as an organisation or individual music teacher in order to conduct an MTB exam. If the teacher is physically present the exam should be recorded on their device and using their account. If the exam is conducted remotely the candidate or candidate’s parents can download the app and submit the exam, they will need to sign up as a standard user account to use the app. To learn more about the app click here.

Once on the MTB app press ‘New Exam’ and you will be asked to enter your exam reference number from your exam entry. You can then read through the guidance information before the recording starts. The app contains storage and recordings level checkers and you will be asked to turn your phone to ‘flight’ mode to ensure the exam can be recorded without disruption. You will then be taken to the ‘Record’ section on the MTB App and once the timer starts state the following: candidate name, instrument, grade, teacher/assessor’s name and the exam reference number (see top of the front cover).

Step 2: Ask the candidate to complete each element of the assessment

They may be performed in any order. Each element is also listed on the Front Cover.

Ask the candidate to announce the title/exercise and perform:

    • Piece 1
    • Piece 2
    • Piece 3/study
    • All of the scales/arpeggios etc. for this grade
    • The technical exercises for this grade
    • The reading skills for this grade
    • The listening skills or duet for this grade*

*If the exam is conducted over webcam and the duet option has been selected, we recommend the teacher use a recording for the other part of the duet and ask the candidate to play along with the recording.

Step 3: Complete the exam recording

Once you are sure all elements have been completed the candidate & teacher either signs and dates the front cover where indicated or before the recording ends verbally read out the verification statements. Then end the recording by pressing finish. (Please note the recording cannot be paused and the exam must be completed in one session). You can then review the recording and save it.

Step 4: Photograph the music used/front cover

Once the recording is saved you are taken to the photo section of the app where you will need to take a picture of the front cover (if printed and signed).  You will also need to take a picture of any music for pieces/studies used in the exam.  You do not need to photograph pieces taken from MTB books, all other music used in the recital section of the exam must be photographed.

Step 5: Save or submit the exam

You will then have the option to save the exam for later or submit the exam for marking. Please note that you will need an internet connection to submit the exam. You will also need the teacher/school’s centre ID number to submit the exam (this can be found on their account page). Once submitted you will see a confirmation message and your exam will then be placed on the submitted section of the app.

If you are not using the MTB app to record and submit your exam you will need to ensure that the recording equipment is left running throughout and that it is not turned off at any point during the assessment.  You will need to go to the ‘submit exam’ page on the website to submit your exam. You also will need a copy of the Front Cover when submitting if physically signed.

Need more information? You can now attend one of our free webinars.

Regular webinars are now available for new and existing teachers who are planning to conduct an MTB exam. Our Chief Examiner will explain: exam requirements, updates on our Covid-19 response, including how to conduct an exam over webcam and answer questions from teachers.  To learn more or register click here.


If you run a school or large music organisation with more than 10 teachers and would like to arrange a free private webinar with a member of our team then please contact us at to arrange this.

Need Help?

If you have any queries or need advice, please contact MTB Exams using the Contact us page on the website.


Many people find music examinations extremely stressful, so I am delighted that MTB exams are addressing this concern without sacrificing musical standards.

Jonathon Cohen / Television Presenter

Grade boundaries

Total possible marks: 100

  87-100   Distinction
  75-86   Merit
  60-74   Pass
  45-59   Blue
  Below 45   White

Certificates are awarded for candidates achieving pass/merit/distinction. Candidates achieving Blue or white will receive a marksheet only.


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