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Latest exam updates

Practical Update 

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.

However, on the basis of official and local advice due to COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel all Practical exams in Hong Kong until further notice. This decision affects all 2020 bookings for Graded Music Exams, ARSM, Diploma, Choral Singing and Ensemble exams, but does not currently affect any bookings for Music Theory exams. Following this decision, we will process 100% refunds for all existing Practical exam bookings and our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course.

We are sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place. We are continuing to review when live Practical exams can resume in Hong Kong and will offer them again at the earliest possible opportunity.

Our new remotely-assessed Performance Grades provide an alternative progression route for students during this period of disruption. The Performance Grades are equivalent to our Practical Grades in demand, recognition and value. They are based on the same repertoire and syllabuses, assessment criteria and quality assurance measures as our existing exams and will be assessed by the same highly trained examiners. Booking will open in Hong Kong before the end of the year and you can record your video submission any time from now on. Find out more here.

Mock aural tests

A single set of mock tests for each grade, taken from ABRSM’s Specimen Aural Tests volumes, is available from this website as a free audio download, to help prepare candidates for what to expect in the exam.

Answers are given on the audio download for any parts of tests that require a spoken response (except for Test 8D, for which a written description of the piece is provided as a PDF file). For tests that require a sung response there is an opportunity to check the response on the audio download. An answer space is provided, but if extra thinking time is required simply pause the recording.

In some cases there are other ways of responding that would be equally successful, so the answers should only be used as a guide. It should also be noted that in an exam the examiner will not provide answers.

The Specimen Aural Tests volumes provide many further practice examples and are available in versions with or without CDs. Copies can be purchased via our online publications shop and your local retailer.

Notes regarding Test A and Test B at Grades 4-8

  • Test A: for candidates who choose to play instead of sing their response, details of key-chords and starting notes are provided below, beneath the relevant audio download
  • Test B: music for this sight-singing test is provided as a PDF file beneath the relevant audio download

Download audio files and accompanying PDFs

To download a test to your machine or device, right-click and select 'Save Target As'/Save Link As'.

 Grade

Test A

Test B

Test C

Test D

All 

Grade 1

1A

1B

1C

1D

All tests

Grade 2

2A

2B

2C

2D

All tests

Grade 3

3A

3B

3C

3D

All tests

Grade 4

4A

key-chord G major, starting note B

4B

Music (PDF)

4C

 

All tests

Grade 5

5A

key-chord F major, starting note C

5B

Music (PDF)

5C

 

All tests

Grade 6

6A

key-chord G minor, starting note G

6B

Music (PDF)

6C

6D

All tests

Grade 7

7A

key-chord G major, starting note G

7B

Music (PDF)

7C (i and ii)
7C (iii)

7D

All tests

Grade 8

8A

key-chord C minor, starting note C

for transposing instruments:
in Bb: key-chord D minor, starting note D
in F: key-chord G minor, starting note G
in Eb: key-chord A minor, starting note A

8B

Music (PDF)

8C

8D

Piece description (PDF)

All tests

 

Tests for 2020: Set 1

Grade Test A Test B Test C Test D All
Grade 6

6A

key-chord F major, starting note F

for transposing instruments:

in B flat: G major, starting note G; in F: C major, starting note C; in E flat: D major, starting note D

6B

MUSIC (PDF)

6C 6D ALL TESTS
Grade 7

7A

key-chord B flat major, starting note B flat

for transposing instruments:

in B flat: C major, starting note C; in F: F major, starting note F; in E flat: G major, starting note G

7B

MUSIC (PDF)

7C 7D ALL TESTS
Grade 8 

8A

key-chord E flat major, starting note E flat

for transposing instruments:

in B flat: F major, starting note F; in F: B flat major, starting note B flat; in E flat: C major, starting note C

8B

MUSIC (PDF)

8C

8D

PIECE DESCRIPTION (PDF)

ALL TESTS

Tests for 2020: Set 2

Grade Test A Test B Test C Test D All
Grade 6

6A      

key-chord G minor, starting note D

for transposing instruments:

in B flat: A minor, starting note E; in F: D minor, starting note A; in E flat: E minor, starting note

6B

MUSIC (PDF)
6C 6D ALL TESTS
Grade 7

7A        

key-chord G minor, starting note G

for transposing instruments:

in B flat: A minor, starting note A; in F: D minor, starting note D; in E flat: E minor, starting note E

7B

MUSIC (PDF)
7C 7D ALL TESTS
Grade 8

8A    

key-chord A minor, starting note A

for transposing instruments:

in B flat: B minor, starting note B; in F: E minor, starting note E; in E flat: F sharp minor, starting note F sharp

8B

MUSIC (PDF)
BC

8D

PIECE DESCRIPTION (PDF)

ALL TESTS

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