Pass, Merit or Distinction? How examiners mark your ABRSM music exam.

Many students want to know how to get a Distinction in their music exams. There is a very useful guide written by ABRSM called These Music Exams which details the marking scheme that examiners use.

Happy Easter to all our pianists - here's Hannah with her Grade 3 Distinction certificate from March 2014

Happy Easter to all our pianists – here’s Hannah with her Grade 3 Distinction certificate from March 2014

Here is a blank ABRSM mock exam form for use by teachers in accordance with the ABRSM exam marking criteria. Please note the marking criteria has been revised and this comes into effect from January 2014. You can read more about this here or attend the ABRSM Conference on October 5th where this will be the main topic of discussion.

Many students do not realise that they can practice the aural tests at home but there is a really fantastic web site that you can use to help you prepare. See this link – there are lots of free tests plus it’s very reasonably priced to subscribe:

http://e-musicmaestro.com/auraltests/

Congratulations Anne-Marie: Grade 8 Piano Distinction

Congratulations Anne-Marie: Grade 8 Piano Distinction

Grade 1 Distinction, 144/150

Grade 1 Distinction, 144/150

Click to view our recent ABRSM exam results and certificates

Click to view our recent ABRSM exam results and certificates

I thought it may also be useful to see some of the comments sheets from examiners to compare and contrast this with the Marking Criteria. See below for the PDF with the breakdown of marks and the comments from actual exams ranging from Passes to Distinction.

Click here for the ABRSM Examiner's Comments

Click here for the ABRSM Examiner’s Comments

See some of our students’ recent exam successes:

Now available for our students: ABRSM Scale Practice Charts

Grade 3 ABRSM Piano Scale Practice chart

 

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