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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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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 弦樂考綱


  • 2019年6月6日: 發布2020-2023 弦樂考綱
  • 2019年6月6日: 推出小提琴考級作品(第1-8級)和大提琴考級作品(第1-5級);以及書中所有曲目的錄音
  • 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級考試,並發布配套的考試書籍(含曲目、音階和讀譜視奏)和書中曲目錄音;初級考試的聆聽測驗範例將單獨出版
  • 2020年1月1日: 2020-2023 弦樂考綱正式生效


  • 弦樂四個科目所有級別的曲目都有更新
  • 曲目選擇比以往更豐富,每個曲目列表都有10首曲目(每級共有30首曲目)
  • 曲目選擇比以往更豐富,每個曲目列表都有10首曲目(每級共有30首曲目)
  • 首次推出大提琴考級曲目 (第1-5級)
  • 首次推出初級考試 – 一個第1級前的考試,與ABRSM 現有術科考試的結構,內容和評分標準相同 (三首曲目,音階,讀譜視奏和聆聽測驗
  • 針對弦樂四個樂器科目的初級考試,發布配套的考試書籍,包含9首曲目(每個列表3首曲目),音階要求和讀譜視奏範例
  • 初級考試的聆聽測驗範例將單獨出版
  • 專註於較低級別的混合樂器教學,部分曲目同時出現在多個弦樂樂器的曲目列表中
  • 調整曲目列表結構


2020-2023弦樂考綱將於 2020年1月1日生效。這意味著當天起:

  • 考生可使用新考綱曲目;
  • 沿用 2016-2019 考綱曲目的考生必須遵循以下考綱重疊期;
  • scales 音階琶音、讀譜視奏和聆聽測驗要求不變,仍與 2016-2019考綱一致.


新舊考綱曲目有一年重疊期,所有考生(包括英國和愛爾蘭地區) 可沿用 2016-2019 考綱曲目直到2020年12月31日。



古鍵琴(2009年起)、管風琴(2011年起)和打擊樂(1990年起)考綱將在2019年保持不變。從2019年起,這些樂器考綱只有電子版PDF 供下載。

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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