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 Grades: Brass Syllabus 2021

The current Brass syllabus has been extended to 2021.

Brass teachers should keep hold of their copies of the 2017–2020 syllabus booklet to refer to throughout 2021. The individual instrumental syllabuses are also available online.

A new syllabus is being developed to take effect from January 2022 and advance notice of planned changes will be posted here during 2021.

Practical Grades: Piano syllabus 2021 & 2022

Key dates

  • 9 July 2020: Publication of Piano syllabus 2021 & 2022 (syllabus resource materials are available in print, the full piano syllabus is online only)
  • 9 July 2020: Publication of Piano Exam Pieces (Grades Initial–8), Piano Scales & Arpeggios (Grades Initial–8), Teaching Notes on Piano Exam Pieces (Grades Initial–8) and audio recordings of all pieces on the syllabus
  • 9 July 2020: Publication of Specimen Piano Sight-Reading Tests for the new Initial Grade exam; Initial Grade Specimen Aural Tests  already available
  • 1 January 2021: Piano syllabus 2021 & 2022 comes into effect

What’s new

  • New repertoire lists and scale requirements at all grades
  • Repertoire:
    • More choice than ever before, with the lists extended to ten pieces (30 pieces in total per grade)
    • Duet option included for the first time – up to Grade 3
    • Revised list structure
  • Scales requirements
    • A more realistic and manageable assessment load, with the focus instead on technical development and progression
  • Initial Grade exam introduced – a pre-Grade 1 assessment following the same structure, content and assessment criteria as ABRSM’s existing graded music exams (three pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight-reading and aural tests)

Syllabus validity

Piano syllabus 2021 & 2022 comes into effect on 1 January 2021. This means:

  • Candidates can begin to present the pieces and scales requirements from the new syllabus;
  • Candidates can continue to present the pieces and scales requirements from the 2019 & 2020 syllabus during the overlap period (see below);
  • Sight-reading and aural test requirements remain exactly the same as for the 2019 & 2020 syllabus.

Syllabus overlap

For candidates wishing to present pieces and scale requirements from the 2019 & 2020 syllabus, a one-year overlap period (up to 31 December 2021) now applies to all countries – including the UK and Ireland.

All three pieces and the scales requirements must be prepared from the same syllabus.

2020-2023 弦乐考纲


  • 2019年6月6日: 发布2020-2023 弦乐考纲
  • 2019年6月6日: 推出小提琴考级作品(第1-8级)和大提琴考级作品(第1-5级);以及书中所有曲目的录音
  • 2019年6月6日: 推出全新小提琴、中提琴、大提琴和低音大提琴的初级考试,并发布配套的考级书(含曲目、音阶和视奏内容)和书中曲目录音;初级考试的听力测试范例将单独出版
  • 2020年1月1日: 2020-2023 弦乐考纲正式生效


  • 弦乐四个科目所有级别的曲目都有更新
  • 曲目选择比以往更丰富,每个曲目列表都有10首曲目(每级共有30首曲目)
  • 首次引入二重奏曲目,二重奏选项覆盖从初级到第3级考试
  • 首次出版大提琴考级曲目(第1-5级)
  • 首次推出初级考试 – 一个第1级前的考试,与ABRSM 现有考级有着一样的考试结构,内容和评分标准 (三首曲目,音阶,视奏和听力测试)
  • 针对弦乐四个乐器科目的初级考试,发布配套的考级书,包含9首曲目(每个列表3首曲目),音阶要求和视奏测试范例
  • 初级考试的听力测试范例将单独出版
  • 专注于较低级别的并行教学,部分曲目同时出现在多个弦乐乐器的曲目列表中
  • 调整曲目列表结构


2020-2023弦乐考纲将于 2020年1月1日生效。这意味着从当天起:

  • 考生可以使用新考纲的曲目;
  • 沿用 2016-2019 考纲曲目的考生,必须遵循以下的考纲重叠期;
  • 音阶琶音、视奏测试和听力测试要求不变,仍与 2016-2019 考纲保持一致.


新旧考纲曲目有一年重叠期,所有考生(包括英国和爱尔兰地区) 可沿用 2016-2019 考纲曲目直到2020年12月31日。




大键琴(2009年起)、管风琴(2011年起)和打击乐(1990年起)考纲将在2019年保持不变。从2019年起,这些乐器考纲只有电子版PDF 可供下载。

Practical Grades: Percussion syllabus from 2020

Key dates

  • 17 October 2019: Percussion supporting publications available to pre-order
  • 7 November 2019: Publication of Percussion syllabus from 2020
  • 7 November 2019: Publication supporting resources available to purchase
  • 1 January 2020: Percussion syllabus from 2020 comes into effect

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