Grace Period

Since 2018 RIAM Exams have provided for a grace period, allowing syllabi from a previous session be carried over into part of the next session.  

This means, for example, that the 2019 Piano Albums are also accepted in the first exam session only in 2020. The grace period will apply to the piano albums each year.

Please note, the 2015–2018 syllabus for all instruments/subjects (except Piano) has been extended until the spring session of 2020. 

The new syllabus will be released throughout 2019 and both the 2015–2018 and the 2019–2022 syllabi will be accepted. We hope that this change will benefit students and teachers by providing more flexibility.


The 2019 piano albums will be accepted for an extra exam session in 2020 (Piano).

The 2015-2018 syllabus will be accepted throughout 2019 and the spring session of 2020 (all other instruments and singing). 


The junior piano albums (Elementary to Grade V) change each calendar year. The grace period means that the 2019 piano album, for example, can be used for the first session in 2020. 

No. 2019 can be carried over to 2020 but 2020 cannot be brought forward to 2019.

No, you must only work from one syllabus.

You must pay the fee that is appropriate to the year in which you are taking the exam, i.e. if you use the Grade V 2019 book in February 2020, you must pay the 2020 fee.