A teacher would be able to help you understand just what you need to actually do for all the peripheral work - not the 3 set pieces - the aural, sight-reading and scales in my case.
Actually, a teacher can help with the pieces too. My teacher was a big help with the pieces I did in my exams, and I'm sure I got much better scores than if I'd had no help from her at all. In fact, she help me more with the pieces than the other parts of the exam.
Sorry, having re-read what I wrote and your response, I realise that wasn't quite what I meant.
I meant more that the 3 pieces are clear from the syllabus, not all of the rest is quite so clear, and a teacher's help in understanding what the syllabus actually means is probably essential.
I agree with you that a teacher will help with the pieces too. Direct playing of the dots, and professional interpretation of the piece produce 2 totally differing playings of the same score.
Sorry for the confusion.
I'm about to do grade 6 ABRSM and told a lot of people give up after grade 5. grades 1-3 beginners, 4-5 intermediate and 6-8 advanced. My teacher has explained that the difference from grade 5 to 6 is a lot, especially with the aural and sight reading. Hoping it goes ok, as an adult learner if a 12 year old can sit the exam it can't be that out of reach, can it?hi i have heard a lot spoken about grade exams ,what wondered was how do you go about taking these exams.