AS the Grade 5 Music Theory exam in August 2020 was the first ABRSM online music theory exam, there are currently no past papers and only one sample paper provided by the ABRSM.

The syllabus is mostly unchanged from previous years but the format is a lot different, meaning music notation questions which were previously handwritten are now multiple choice, as well as several other changes.

This collection of 6 Practice Papers have been designed to give all students taking this new style of exam extra practice with this new format.

All musical examples in Questions 1-6 have been composed by Matt Smith for this publication. The excerpt in Question 7 is in the public domain. An answer booklet is sold separately.

This workbook is not affiliated with the ABRSM in any way.

This book is included in the Grade 5 Music Theory Bundle – click here for more details.

Also available is the Grade 5 Music Theory Workbook (click here), which is like a bumper practice exam paper, full of loads of questions in the new exam format, to get you and your students even more prepared for the exam. The Workbook contains completely different questions to the Practice Papers.

Also available – Answer booklet for the 6 Theory Practice Papers (click here)

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