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.

New publications and audio

Publications

Piano Exam Pieces 2021 & 2022

Piano Exam Pieces, available with or without CD, from Initial Grade to Grade 8 offer a varied selection of 9 pieces per grade from the syllabus.

Piano Scales & Arpeggios

From Initial Grade to Grade 8, one book per grade, the Piano Scales & Arpeggios books have been revised to match the new scales requirements.

Scale Explorer

For Grades 1–5, a creative new resource for candidates learning the new scales requirements. This book includes engaging activities that bring scales to life.

Initial Grade Sight-reading and Initial Grade Aural Tests

Containing valuable practice material for an Initial Grade Piano exam.

Teaching Notes (Initial Grade to Grade 8)

Invaluable guidance for teachers, in a single volume, covering the pieces included in our Piano Exam Pieces books for the 2021 & 2022 syllabus.

Piano Star Duets

An exciting new book in the Piano Star series: 26 duets at early beginner to Grade 2 level, some of which feature on the new syllabus.

Find out more by clicking here.

Digital downloads

48 pieces are now available as downloads, and will provide a broad selection of the diverse choice of inspirational pieces from the lists for Initial to Grade 8. View the list here and find out more here.

Audio recordings

From 9 July, recordings of all 270 pieces on the new syllabus will be available. They can be purchased on CD (30 pieces per grade) as part of the Piano Exam Pieces with CD editions, or as downloads.

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