Our online booking service will be unavailable on Monday 19 April while we make some important updates. We will provide a new message here once the service is available again. If you have a Performance Grade exam booking this session, please see our Latest Updates page for important information on how this may affect you.

Latest exam updates

Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)

We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.

Performance Grade exams

We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check here for dates and fees. 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.

Playing and singing with other musicians is a wonderful way to learn and enjoy music. We offer syllabuses for a wide range of ensembles, from duos and trios to jazz ensemble.

Groups are required to perform a minimum of two contrasted items of appropriate standard and length. They may offer either two of the suggested works listed in the syllabus or any alternatives of their own choice that are similar in standard and length.

Please note that this syllabus is only available online.

What's in the exam?

  • For candidates of Grade 4–5 standard
  • 12-minute programme
  • A minimum of two items, contrasting in style and tempo
  • For candidates of Grade 6–7 standard
  • 18-minute programme
  • A minimum of two items, contrasting in style and tempo
  • For candidates of Grade 8 standard
  • 25-minute programme
  • A minimum of two items, contrasting in style and tempo

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