ABRSM Practical Exams Grades 1-8


Practical Exams Autumn 2020

Practical exam dates 9 November to 19 December (booking period 28 September to 12 October)

NEW ID checks for exam candidates from 2020

Candidates taking ABRSM Theory exams Grades 5-8, Practical exams Grades 6-8, the Jazz Practical exam Grade 5 & the ARSM Diploma will need to bring a form of photo ID to their exam. If this is applicable to your child, we shall keep you fully informed.

All ABRSM Practical exams comprise assessment in the following four subjects
(i) performance
(ii) scales
(iii) sight reading or sight singing
(iv) aural skills

Exam Marks

Practical exams are marked out of a total of 150 points
Pass 100-119
Merit 120-129
Distinction 130-150

Performance – three pieces each marked out of 30
Scales marked out of 21
Sight Reading marked out of 21
Aural skills marked out of 18

Sight Reading | Aural Training

Sight reading & aural skills combined represent approximately 22% of the overall exam marks. It is generally in these two areas where pupils require extra support because so often instrumental teachers have insufficient time in a private lesson of 30-45 minutes to cover all areas of assessment to a satisfactory level. It is in these two areas where Chelsea Quavers supports practical exam students.

We do not provide private or recommend instrumental Tutors; rather we work with pupils in support of their existing tuition.


For more information please click here to contact our Principal, Claire Meyer, M 07899 678 655, claire@chelseaquavers.com.