What's in the exam?
- Scales & arpeggios
- Aural tests
Latest Exam News: Updated 22 July
Our online booking service will be unavailable on Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 July while we make some important updates. We will provide a new message here once the service is available again. If you have a Performance Grade exam booking for August, or a Private Visit booked between 27 July and 24 August, please see our Latest Updates page for important information on how this may affect you.
We have now published face-to-face Practical exam appointments for Session 2 in the UK and Ireland. Applicants, and candidates with an account, will receive an email to confirm appointments. Late booking and rescheduling is also now open, subject to availability.
The current Horn syllabus (from 2013) is valid until further notice.
Brass candidates should refer to the 2013 syllabus until at least 2022. New syllabuses (Practical and Performance) are being developed for all Brass subjects but release has been delayed due to COVID-19. Further updates will be published at www.abrsm.org/syllabusupdates when available.
Candidates for Grade 6, 7 or 8 exams must already have passed ABRSM Grade 5 (or above) in Music Theory, Practical Musicianship or a solo Jazz instrument. For full details including a list of accepted alternatives, see Regulation 1d.
The accompanied pieces are published in F editions unless otherwise indicated. For those pieces not published in F, candidates may use manuscript transpositions of their parts if necessary.
Some List C pieces are published with transposition suggestions but in the exam they should be played in the written keys only.
Download recordings from our Grade 6 syllabus.
Practice material for students preparing for Horn exams.
New editions offering support to teachers preparing students for Practical exams.
Practice examples of the aural tests to use when preparing for an exam.