Practical Grade Piano exams

Practical Grade Piano exams consist of three pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight-reading, and aural tests.

Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. You need 100 marks to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.

There are nine levels of assessment for Piano – Initial Grade and Grades 1 to 8. Select a grade using the links below to view the syllabus and supporting materials.

Find out about our Performance Grades, an alternative route to a graded music exam.

Download the 2019 & 2020 syllabus (PDF)

Practical Grade Piano syllabus 2021 & 2022

What’s changing and when?

Information on what's changing and when in our new Piano Syllabus 2021 & 2022 – available now!

Publications and audio

Information on publications and audio for our Piano Syllabus 2021 & 2022 – available now!

Initial Grade

Our Initial Grade for Piano is a pre-Grade 1 assessment following the same structure, content and marking criteria as our other graded music exams.

Piano Practice Partner

Piano Practice Partner helps you by playing the part for one hand so you can practise the other as you learn. The 2021 & 2022 Piano Exam Pieces, including Initial Grade, are now available.

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Aural Trainer

Aural Trainer features interactive challenges to develop aural skills and make aural practice more engaging.

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Piano Scales Trainer

Piano Scales Trainer helps increase fluency with ABRSM scales and arpeggios requirements.

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Piano Sight-Reading Trainer

Piano Sight-Reading Trainer helps develop skills to quickly spot the key features, patterns and characteristics in music before you play it. Available for Grades 1–5.

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We have a range of apps to encourage learning and support exam preparation.

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