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 our Dates and Fees page for details.

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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