Latest exam updates

Exam refunds

To support customers affected by ongoing COVID restrictions, for Practical and Performance Grade exams from 1st January to 31st May 2021 any absent candidate will automatically receive a refund. This includes Performance Grades where the candidate has been unable to record and upload their video. You do not need to contact us to request a refund. However, it will help us if you can log in to your account and cancel the exam. Find out more: https://www.abrsm.org/en/latestupdates

For Online Music Theory exams and any paper based exams taking place outside of the UK/Ireland we anticipate COVID restrictions will not prevent candidates from sitting their exam so absentee candidate will not automatically receive a refund and our normal Withdrawal, non-attendance and fee refunds policy still applies.

Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – the next exams will take place in June. Please note, dates and booking periods for Grades 1-5 and Grades 6-8 may be different from now on. For full details, see our dates and fees page.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

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We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Exact dates will be announced soon. Please check here for more information. We are extending the introductory 15% discount for these exams so that it applies to all remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams in 2021. Just enter code ABPG15MO when you book using our online service. Please also read our discount information and terms and conditions here.

Practical Piano exams

Practical Piano exams consist of three pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight-reading, and aural tests.

Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. You need 100 marks to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.

There are eight grades of assessment. Select a grade using the links below to view the syllabus and supporting materials for that grade.

Find out about our Performance Grades, an alternative route to a graded music exam.

Download the 2019 & 2020 syllabus (PDF)

Practical Piano syllabus 2021 & 2022

Practical Piano syllabus 2021 & 2022

Publications and audio

Piano Medley 2018

You can download for free Incipit Express arr. John Madden, a kaleidoscopic grand tour of the ABRSM Piano exam pieces 2019 & 2020, for piano trio.

Supporting apps

Piano Practice Partner

Piano Practice Partner helps you by playing the part for one hand so you can practise the other as you learn. The 2021 & 2022 Piano Exam Pieces, including Initial Grade, are now available.

Aural Trainer

Aural Trainer features interactive challenges to develop aural skills and make aural practice more engaging.

Piano Scales Trainer

Piano Scales Trainer helps increase fluency with ABRSM scales and arpeggios requirements.

Piano Sight-Reading Trainer

Piano Sight-Reading Trainer helps develop skills to quickly spot the key features, patterns and characteristics in music before you play it. Available for Grades 1–5.

We have a range of apps to encourage learning and support exam preparation.

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