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Practical Exams Update – Portugal website

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 Portugal until further notice. This decision affects all 2020 bookings for Practical Graded Music Exams, ARSM and Diplomas. Following this decision, we will process 100% refunds for all existing exam bookings and our Representative 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 Portugal and will offer them again at the earliest possible opportunity.

We will be gradually rolling out remotely-assessed Performance Grades and will share exam dates and booking periods soon.

For all press and media enquiries please contact Jon Flinn on 07811 397122

or email [email protected]

New Woodwind Syllabus coming soon

3 years ago


On 6 July we’ll be launching a new Woodwind Syllabus featuring refreshed repertoire for Flute, Clarinet, Saxophones, Recorders, Oboe and Bassoon.
You’ll find a wider choice of pieces than ever before, with syllabus favourites alongside famous classical tunes, music form the world of film, TV and musical, and much more. We’ve also revised the sight-reading and scale and arpeggio requirements to ensure that these important elements of the exam encourage and support progression, while reflecting the needs and everyday experiences of teachers and students. We will be publishing a wide range of books to support the syllabus. These include:

  • Exam Pieces – available for Flute and Clarinet at Grades 1 to 7, and for the first time, Saxophones at Grades 1 to 5
  • NEW Exam Packs – bringing together exam pieces, scales and arpeggios, and sight-reading material in one place, available for Flute, Clarinet and Saxophones at Grades 1 to 5
  • Recordings of selected exam pieces available as audio downloads
  • New Scales & Arpeggios books and new Sight-reading books for all woodwind instruments

The new Woodwind Syllabus, books and resources will be available in July for use in exams from 1 January 2018. The usual overlap period will apply for pieces from the old syllabus, but the new scales and sight-reading will come into effect for everyone from 1 January onwards. Read about the new Woodwind Syllabus changes, books and resources: www.abrsm.org/newwoodwind

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