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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Performance Grade booking

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.

Welcome to Piano Practice Partner

Piano Practice Partner is a simple way to make practising pieces for your ABRSM exam more musical, enjoyable and rewarding. The new repertoire from the Piano Exam Pieces (Piano syllabus 2021 & 2022), including Initial Grade, will feature in the app from 9 July 2020.

Pieces from earlier syllabuses are also available in the app:

  • 2019 & 2020 syllabus
    • All pieces from the ABRSM Piano Exam Pieces books for Grades 1-8.
    • All other (alternative) pieces from the ABRSM Piano Syllabus for Grades 1-8.
  • 2017 & 2018 syllabus
    • All pieces from the ABRSM Piano Exam Pieces books for Grades 1-8.
  • 2015 & 2016 syllabus
    • All pieces from the ABRSM Piano Exam Pieces books for Grades 1-3.
    • All other (alternative) pieces from the ABRSM Piano Syllabus for Grades 1-3.

What is Piano Practice Partner?

Piano Practice Partner helps you by playing one hand so you can play the other as you learn. Using Piano Practice Partner also enables slow practice, one hand at a time, while still retaining the musicality of the recorded performance. It's as if a professional pianist is sitting next to you as you practise!

Piano Practice Partner is available for iOS and Android devices in both smartphone and tablet versions, from iTunes and Google Play. The app comes with three free examples from a range of grades.

How might I use Piano Practice Partner?

Piano Practice Partner lets you play along with real musicians’ performances, exactly as recorded or at a reduced tempo.

Use the ABRSM Piano Practice Partner to:

  • Practise each hand separately to improve your fluency – focus on your left hand technique while Practice Partner plays the right hand, for example.
  • Make practice more musical and enjoyable by having a virtual partner to play along with.
  • Personalise it! Choose from over 20 different hands to customise your Practice Partner.
  • Improve your control and general piano technique, helping you to become a more fluent pianist.
  • Improve your sense of pulse! Use the unique guide function to help you count rests and tempo adjustments.
  • Slow down or speed up the music to a tempo that suits you, for slow careful practice.
  • Set loops to repeat parts of your piece if you need to focus on one section.
  • Learn to memorise your music for more secure performances.

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