Available in all music subjects, these are a performance-only alternative to graded exams. They are offered at 8 levels, corresponding in standard to graded exams, and candidates are able to explore jazz, popular or other contemporary styles if they wish. Candidates do not prepare for the additional components of the main grade syllabus; however, Leisure Play exams provide an assessment of standard, as well as being a useful yardstick of progress and a goal to work towards.
As for graded exams, candidates receive a written report form with comments and marks, and successful candidates receive a certificate.
Assessment bands are as follows:
- 85-100% - Distinction
- 75-84% - Merit
- 65-74% - Pass
- 0-64% - Unsuccessful