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Performance Grades

Thank you for your interest in ABRSM’s new Performance Grade exams. Please be aware that Performance Grade exams are not yet available in China. These exams are only available for customers in territories where Performance Grade exams have been launched. Do not enter for a Performance Grade if you do not live in the territory in which you are entering for.

We are working towards launching Performance Grade exams to other markets across the world throughout 2021, and we will be updating our website when more information is available.

感谢您关注ABRSM新推出的以演奏为重点的等级考试(Performance Grades)。请注意,此考试目前尚未在中国大陆推出,并只限居住于已经推出此考试的地区的当地考生报考。如果您不在报考地区居住,请勿报名参加考试。

我们希望能在2021年于全球其他市场推出这以演奏为重点的等级考试,届时我们将在官方网站公布更多有关讯息。

Focusing on all-round musicianship

 

We've designed our Practical graded music exams to motivate instrumental and singing students of all ages and a wide range of abilities. They're available at Grades 1 to 8, as well as a pre-Grade 1 Initial Grade for some subjects. They provide:

  • Progressive goals to aim for
  • Recognition for achievement
  • Carefully structured syllabus requirements
  • One-to-one assessment by an expert professional
  • An objective guide to a candidate’s skills and progress.

ABRSM exams are music exams rather than instrumental or singing exams. Examiners assess the quality of the music-making, not how it's achieved. For this reason, we don't restrict examiners to assessing only their own instrument but require them to examine all instruments.

There are no age restrictions and students can start with any grade or skip grades if they want to.

What's included in a Practical exam?

To succeed in our Practical exams, candidates need a combination of skills and understanding. Broadly, we assess:

  • Performance skills through pieces or songs
  • Technical skills through scales and arpeggios
  • Notation skills through a sight-reading test
  • Listening skills and musical perception through aural tests

How many marks are available?

Total marks in all individual Practical graded exams are 150.

  • 100 marks are required to pass
  • 120 marks are required to pass with merit
  • 130 marks are required to pass with distinction

Find out more about each part of the Practical graded exam

Other key exam information

 

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