Latest exam updates

Exam refunds

To support customers affected by ongoing COVID restrictions, for Practical and Performance Grade exams from 1 January to 31 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.

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 candidates 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. Please check here for dates and fees.

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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Woodwind Practice Partners

Make practising pieces for your ABRSM exam more musical, fun and effective. Play along with the accompaniment, the solo part or both together. Change the tempo of the piece without altering the pitch – perfect for students who want to practise at their own pace. Available for Flute and Clarinet at Grades 1–7 and Alto Saxophone at Grades 1–5.

Clarinet Practice Partner

Clarinet Practice Partner lets you practise the Clarinet exam pieces at Grades 1–7 along with the accompaniment, solo part or both together. Slow down or speed up the music to practise at a tempo that suits you and set loops around tricky passages. Clarinet Practice Partner is free to download, with in-app purchases available for each individual piece or selections for each grade.

Flute Practice Partner

Flute Practice Partner lets you practise the Flute exam pieces at Grades 1–7 along with the accompaniment, solo part or both together. Slow down or speed up the music to practise at a tempo that suits you and set loops around tricky passages. Flute Practice Partner is free to download, with in-app purchases available for each individual piece or selections for each grade.

Visit our guidance and support pages for help using the app.

Saxophone Practice Partner

Saxophone Practice Partner lets you practise the Alto Saxophone exam pieces at Grades 1–5 along with the accompaniment, solo part or both together. Slow down or speed up the music to practise at a tempo that suits you and set loops around tricky passages. Saxophone Practice Partner is free to download, with in-app purchases available for each individual piece or selections for each grade.

Visit our guidance and support pages for help using the app.

How can I use Woodwind Practice Partners?

Clarinet, Flute and Saxophone Practice Partners let you play along with real musicians’ performances, exactly as recorded, or at a reduced tempo. The app will help you to:

  • Become familiar with the accompaniment and understand how the solo line fits with the piano part for more secure performances
  • Slow down or speed up the music to a tempo that suits you – ideal for slow, careful practice
  • Listen closely to the solo part in isolation to hear every detail of the expert performance
  • Repeat tricky passages by setting loops around them

How do I download it?

Clarinet, Flute and Saxophone Practice Partners are available for iOS and Android™ devices in both smartphone and tablet versions from iTunes and Google Play. The apps are free and come with one example piece from the Woodwind Grade 1 syllabus 2018–2021, with in-app purchases available for each individual piece or selections for each grade.

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