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Practical Update 

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.

However, on the basis of official and local advice due to COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel all Practical exams in Macau until further notice. This decision affects all 2020 bookings for Graded Music Exams, ARSM, Diploma, Choral Singing and Ensemble exams, but does not currently affect any bookings for Music Theory exams. Following this decision, we will process 100% refunds for all existing Practical exam bookings and our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course.

We are sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place. We are continuing to review when live Practical exams can resume in Macau and will offer them again at the earliest possible opportunity.

Our new remotely-assessed Performance Grades provide an alternative progression route for students during this period of disruption. The Performance Grades are equivalent to our Practical Grades in demand, recognition and value. They are based on the same repertoire and syllabuses, assessment criteria and quality assurance measures as our existing exams and will be assessed by the same highly trained examiners. Booking will open in Macau before the end of the year and you can record your video submission any time from now on. Find out more here.

Grade 3 Singing

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Mark an ABRSM Grade 3 Singing exam

Our exams for Singing generally consist of three accompanied songs, chosen by the candidate from the appropriate lists in the current syllabus, as well as an unaccompanied traditional song, sight-singing and aural tests. In each Practical exam 150 marks are available. 100 marks are required to achieve a pass, 120 marks to pass with merit, and 130 marks to pass with distinction.

You can watch and assess each element of this Grade 3 Singing exam in any order, but you will need to watch them all to find out the candidate's overall result. After watching each element, you will be asked what level you think the candidate achieved using our assessment criteria as reference. Our Chief Examiner, John Holmes, will then provide his analysis of the performance.

We hope this resource will help you understand how ABRSM exams are assessed and what our examiners are looking for in a performance.

Select an exam element below to watch and mark:

Pieces

In Singing exams candidates perform an unaccompanied traditional (folk) song of their choice from memory. Learning to sing unaccompanied helps students to develop their sense of key and pulse. It also encourages control of tonality and pitch, sense of rhythm, use of tonal colour, musical communication and memory skills.

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Pieces

Experiencing a selection of good music is an essential part of musical learning. In preparing for our exams, candidates can choose from a broad list of songs appropriate to their standard, each presenting its own challenges. Candidates generally perform three songs in the exam (four at Grades 6-8) and each is marked independently.

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Aural Tests

Listening is the basis of all good music making, and developing aural awareness is a fundamental part of any music education. ABRSM aural tests are designed to strengthen the vital connection between listening and performing, and to encourage students to develop their 'inner ear' and ability to hear how music works.

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Sight Reading

Being able to sight-sing is a valuable skill with many benefits. It enables students to explore new songs with increased confidence and speeds up the learning process. Good sight-singing skills offer the satisfaction of independent musical discovery, as notation on the page is more readily transformed into sound.

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