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:

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.

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.

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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This page provides dedicated guidance and technical support for Saxophone Practice Partner users, including a simple guide to operating the app and answers to frequently asked questions.

If you have any specific questions that are not included here, please get in touch using the contact form at the bottom of the page, ensuring you include all of the details requested.

General guidance

Select the Help option within the Saxophone Practice Partner menu to view descriptions of its main functions. Further details about each feature of the app are given below:

Tap on the text in the header to choose a piece to practise.

Tap to select piece

Tell Saxophone Practice Partner which part(s) to play by switching either of them on or off.

Hand selection

Use the playback button to play and pause Saxophone Practice Partner.

Playback button

Press stop to reset playback to the beginning of the piece.

Stop button

Set a loop to practise a specific section repeatedly.


Open Speedshifter for more playback controls to:

Speedshifter controls

  • switch speed-shifting on or off

Speedshifting switch

  • set the tempo of speed-shifted playback

Speedshifting tempo

Why is there no option to switch on the guide for some recordings?

A guide has been provided where there is a long rest in one or both hands, or where there is a difficult change in tempo. Some pieces do not feature either of these so do not have a guide option.

When I try to update or install the app on my iOS device I get a message saying “Cannot download”. Why is this?

Due to the intensive realtime audio processing used in Piano Practice Partner, the latest version of the iOS app is currently only available for 64-bit devices. (For a full list of these devices please refer to the iPiano Practice Partner page in Tunes.) We are actively working to expand the range of devices that will be able to access this update and hope to provide more news on this shortly. Please keep checking this page for updates.

The playback skips/jumps on my Android device? Why is this?

The Android version is available for any device running version 3.0 (Honeycomb) or above, but due to the intensive realtime audio processing used in Piano Practice Partner performance may not be optimal on older or less powerful devices.

At ABRSM we respect your right to privacy. This Privacy Policy explains how we may collect information from you and how we may subsequently use it.

When you run Saxophone Practice Partner, ABRSM gathers anonymous usage statistics such as session length, country, user profile and device type. This is done using Flurry, an analytics toolset. The data ABRSM receives from Flurry does not allow us to identify you personally.

ABRSM uses data gathered through Flurry to benchmark the usage of the application. This means that we regularly look at these statistics to evaluate our products and inform development. Note that we do not track your unique device identifier (UDID) or other personal information through Flurry – this data is anonymous.

By using the application, you signify your assent to this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use this application.

Contact us

If you require technical support with Saxophone Practice Partner please refer to the FAQs above first to check whether your query is answered under this section. If you still require assistance with a problem, or if you have any suggestions for improvements or developments, please contact our Saxophone Practice Partner support team by completing the following form.

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