COVID-19 - latest exam updates

A message from our Chief Executive – our future plans

Practical Session 3 update

We are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity. However, on the basis of official and local advice we will be cancelling Session 3 Practical exams scheduled for  October -  December. Our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course. We are very sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and we will continue to monitor the situation. Thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place.

We will be gradually rolling out remotely-assessed Performance Grades internationally starting before the end of 2020 and will share exam dates and booking periods soon.

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 and alternative route to a graded music exam.

Practical Piano syllabus 2021 & 2022

Available 9 July 2020!

Practical Piano syllabus 2019 & 2020

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, will be available in the app from 9 July.

Aural Trainer

Aural Trainer features interactive challenges to develop aural skills and make aural practice more engaging.

Scales Trainer

Scales Trainer helps increase fluency with ABRSM scales and arpeggios requirements.

Sight-Reading Trainer

Sight-Reading Trainer helps develop skills to quickly spot the key features, patterns and characteristics in music before you play it. Available for Piano Grades 1–5.

We have a range of apps to encourage learning and support exam preparation.

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