Latest exam updates

Performance Grade booking

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens in February. For details, see our dates and fees page.

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) – we will not be offering these exams in March. The next exams at Grades 6 to 8 will be in June 2021.
  • 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.

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Face-to-face practical exams, session 1 - USA

Due to current COVID restrictions, we will not be opening our normal booking period in January for face-to-face practical exams in April-June. We hope to provide a practical session later in the year, but need to keep all dates under review as we can only accept bookings if COVID travel and government restrictions are lifted. We will provide an update nearer to the next booking period.

Welcome to Aural Trainer

Meffys Award Winner 2012Our award-winning app offers an exciting way for students to practise aural skills and is now available for Grades 1 to 8.

Through a series of interactive challenges, users can learn to identify and describe musical features and differences quickly and accurately. Together, Aural Trainer 1-5 and Aural Trainer 6-8 cover all the individual elements of ABRSM aural tests including sight–singing and echo tests. Aural Trainer can be used anytime and anywhere to prepare effectively for exams or develop your aural skills.

ABRSM Aural Trainer is compatible with iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad®.

What is ABRSM Aural Trainer?

Aural TrainerThe official ABRSM Aural Trainer is a useful app which features interactive challenges to develop your aural skills and make aural practice more engaging. Anyone can use it, but it is designed around the aural component of ABRSM graded music exams.

Aural Trainer is not designed to replace conventional approaches to aural practice but to supplement them. It allows personal practice between lessons, without access to a piano, wherever and whenever the user wishes. It’s the perfect way to fit short bursts of practice into your normal routines .

How can I use the ABRSM Aural Trainer?

ABRSM Aural Trainer can be used whenever and wherever you want to practise your aural skills. It can be used by students for personal practice or teachers in lessons as a way of developing core aural skills.

The exercises in Aural Trainer all use ABRSM exam standard material but allow the user to approach it in different ways. Users can practice features on their own or in small combinations before attempting exam style questions.

Aural Trainer allows you to repeat exercises as often as you like, without the feeling that it is essential to get them right first time! If you want to, you can listen to exercises once without responding then select ‘try again’ to give your response. Aural Trainer provides tools for you to review and evaluate your performance against sample responses; it also marks exercises and offers feedback to help you develop your skills.

Aural Trainer 1-5

Aural Trainer 1-5 includes:

  • Interval trainer
  • Exercises covering:
    • Pulse and metre
    • Echoes
    • Differences
    • Melodic repetition
    • Sight-singing
    • Musical features
    • Rhythmic repetition
    • Metre

Aural Trainer 6-8

Aural Trainer 6-8 includes:

  • Cadence trainer
  • Exercises covering:
    • Melodic repetition
    • Sight-singing
    • Chords
    • Modulations
    • Musical features
    • Rhythmic repetition
    • Metre

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