What's in the exam?

  • Pieces:
    3 pieces to be chosen from 3 lists A, B and C (Can be played by heart OR reading with open book)

  • Scales and arpeggios:
    Should be played by heart
    WITHOUT the book

  • Aural tests: 
    Are 4 sections ears test A, B, C and D

  • Sight-reading: 
    The examiner will ask the student to play a line or few lines as sight reading, the student will be given 30 seconds to practice before playing. Always advise the students to play it in this 30 sec as many times as they can ( The Examiner won't judge them unless he or she asks the students to play it or perform it) 

Piano exams and other instruments such as guitar, violin, and vocals consist of three pieces, scales and arpeggiossight-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.

Each of the exam sections has its own distinction, Merit and Pass marks, and each is marked as of how the student is performing according to a very specific criteria, download and read the following file so you understand how the examiners are thinking so you know how to prepare your students and judge that they are doing fine too Click here

Some tips from ABRSM Chief examiner: Click here

Here is the link to download the syllabus of 2019 (Piano Syllabus is changing every 2 years): Click here

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