What's in the test?
- Set piece/song
- Own choice piece/song (about 16 to 24 bars)
- Listening games/simple aural tests
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Latest exam updates
Practical Session 2 Update
We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we’re working hard on solutions to ensure they can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.
Provided travel and COVID restrictions remain lifted, we will open a booking period from 28 September – 12 October with exams to be held November – December. We will continue to keep this under review as our ability to accept bookings remains conditional on the restrictions continuing to be lifted. An update to Applicants will be announced as soon as we can and our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course. We are looking forward to providing candidates with exams again and thank you for your loyalty and support at this difficult time.
Music Theory Exam update – session 3
On the basis of government advice, we are cancelling the Music Theory exams due to take place later in 2020. We are sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your ongoing loyalty and support.
Working towards this early goal encourages the development of good technique and sound musicianship. The Prep Test is also an ideal introduction to the experience of taking an exam!
We have developed the Prep Test to be as relaxed and fun as possible. No marks are awarded and there is no pass or fail. At the end of the assessment every candidate is rewarded with a certificate which includes positive and helpful comments from the examiner.
The Prep Test is designed both to provide a first assessment for pupils and to encourage the building of good musical and technical foundations before pupils enter for graded exams.
The Test includes all the sorts of skills beginners will be developing at this stage, such as a sense of pitch and rhythm, controlled and even playing, accuracy and quality of tone, and the basics of musical perception.
Prep Test publications are available from music retailers as well as online, including at the ABRSM music shop. The publications for Bassoon, Double Bass, Oboe, Saxophone and Viola are available from ABRSM’s archive services, provided by Allegro Music.
Do you teach instruments in groups? Visit our Music Medals website to find out more about our assessments for group-taught learners.
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