LONDON : Budding DJs in England will be able to use their turntable talents to impress examiners following an overhaul of the country’s music curriculum. The booming popularity of electronic music has forced officials to recognise the mixing talents of teenage students studying for their General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examination, although more traditional pupils will still be able to sing or play an instrument.

The AQA exam board said it will test skills required for DJing, including mixing records together and “scratching”, the rapid back-and-forth movement of a record to produce the high-pitched rhythmical effect often heard in hip-hop.