Latest exam updates

Performance Grade exams

We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check our Dates and Fees page for details.

Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)

We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.

How are Performance Grades assessed?

Become the examiner! What mark would you give this Piano Performance Grade?

Watch, mark, and listen to commentary from our Chief Examiner, John Holmes.

We hope this resource will help give a greater understanding of how Performance Grade exams are assessed and what examiners are looking for when marking the performance as a whole.

This is the first in a series of videos that put you in the examiners chair. More instruments will be coming soon!

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