Latest exam updates

Performance Grades: Booking for June Performance Grades is open now until 13 May.

Performance Grade exams

We are now offering Performance Grade exams every month. Please check here for dates and fees. We are extending the introductory 15% discount for these exams so that it applies to all remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams in 2021. Just enter code ABPG15SG when you book. Please also read our terms and conditions here.

Performance Grades discount: system error

We currently have an error in our systems relating to discount codes. When you add the code your order summary will show that 15% has been added to the total, not taken away. However, the 15% discount will be applied to your booking and the correct total will appear at the top of the next screen before you pay. We're working to fix this and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Singapore office

On government advice, we will be following a more flexible and hybrid way of working. Although working from home is still encouraged, from 12 April we will be able to answer a limited number of calls and applicants can contact us via the Local Contact - ABRSM: Local exam contacts. We will continue to update you when further information is published by Ministry of Manpower.

Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)

We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.

Cello Practice Partner guidance and support

This page provides dedicated guidance and technical support for Cello Practice Partner users, including a simple guide to operating the app and answers to frequently asked questions.

If you have any specific questions that are not included here, please get in touch using the contact form at the bottom of the page, ensuring you include all of the details requested.

If you have not yet downloaded Cello Practice Partner and would like to find out more about the tool, please return to the main page.

General guidance

Select the Help option within the Cello Practice Partner menu to view descriptions of its main functions. Further details about each feature of the app are given below:

Tap on the text in the header to choose a piece to practice.

Tap to select piece

Tell Cello Practice Partner which part(s) to play by switching either of them on or off.

Use the playback button to play and pause Cello Practice Partner.

Press stop to reset playback to the beginning of the piece.

Set a loop to practise a specific section repeatedly.

Open Speedshifter for more playback controls to:

  • switch speed-shifting on or off

  • set the tempo of speed-shifted playback

At ABRSM we respect your right to privacy. This Privacy Policy explains how we may collect information from you and how we may subsequently use it.

When you run Cello Practice Partner, ABRSM gathers anonymous usage statistics such as session length, country, user profile and device type. This is done using Flurry, an analytics toolset. The data ABRSM receives from Flurry does not allow us to identify you personally.

ABRSM uses data gathered through Flurry to benchmark the usage of the application. This means that we regularly look at these statistics to evaluate our products and inform development. Note that we do not track your unique device identifier (UDID) or other personal information through Flurry – this data is anonymous.

By using the application, you signify your assent to this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use this application.

I purchased MP3 recordings from iTunes/the ABRSM download store. Why can’t I use these pieces in the app?

Please note that our Practice Partner apps use custom file formats that provide separate playback of violin and piano parts. This content is more feature-rich and uses very different technology to standard audio files. It is therefore only possible to buy these specialised violin or piano recordings from within the app via in-app purchase for the available syllabuses. If you purchased ABRSM pieces as MP3 recordings from a provider such as the ABRSM download store, iTunes, ripped from a CD, etc; you will not be able to use these audio files within the app. You can only use pieces purchased directly within the app as an in-app purchase.


Contact us

If you require technical support with your Practice Partner App please refer to the FAQs above first to check whether your query is answered under this section. If you still require assistance with a problem, or if you have any suggestions for improvements or developments, please contact our Practice Partner support team by completing the following form.

Known issues

Users who have installed the latest update will experience an issue when trying to load or restore purchased pieces. Our developers are working on a fix and this will be available in the App Store shortly.

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