American Band College

How does ABC track my progress?

ABC tracks progress in each and every final exam taken by candidates and uses side-by-side Test Summaries Reports (in My ABC Reports) that compare previous results with the most recent exam. By looking at the percentages on each of those reports, the candidate can see if their low percentage areas are making good progress.

To quantify all aspects of status including grades, overall GPA and conducting development, ABC uses these three status indicators. If you are a current student, you can find this Academic Status Report in My ABC Reports.


Central Washington University automatically places a candidate on academic probation if their GPA is below 3.0 at the end of any quarter. If, after one quarter of probation, the student fails to raise her or his cumulative grade point average to 3.0 or above, the student will be withdrawn from the university. Students may not receive a master’s degree from Central if their cumulative grade point average is below 3.0.

If the candidate's music theory entrance percentage is below 70%, a same-year December retake will be required; full admission will be denied until the passing percentage is met. The candidate will not be able to enroll for additional course work in a following year until the passing percentage is met.


If a candidate's entrance exam percentage is below 60%, ABC extends the candidate's program to four years. Only at the conclusion of the 2nd year in the program (in April) will the ABC graduate faculty reassess progress in all areas of study to determine if the extra year can be removed.


When a candidate has five or more study areas in which composite scores are below 70%, ABC sends an Ultimate Pursuit probation notification. It is required that all candidates, on probation, must complete monthly practices test on all weak areas (10 questions per weak area, per month).

Candidates receive monthly emails with links to their Ultimate Pursuit Progress Reports. The ABC faculty will update any required status change in mid April.