I'm a bit late to the thread -- had a mishap with my alternative qualification for the Grade 5 Theory exemption. Long story short, I was American in a former life and had taken something called the AP Music Theory exam when I was a teenager. ABRSM said they'd accept this as an alternative to Grade 5 Theory, so I paid for a score report and sent it to them, but then they came back and said they wouldn't accept my score. Turns out, it was down to a misunderstanding of the translation between US/UK college/university marks. It was only thanks to the fact that I'm an academic who has taught in HE in both US and UK that I was able to explain the differences, and they've now reconsidered and agreed I am exempt.
So we are back on! I have signed up for the Grade 6 Piano autumn exam and am awaiting my date. I've been preparing on my own and think (hope?) I'm pretty much there. I have a lesson scheduled for Thursday (my first since before my Grade 5 exam) so am looking forward to getting some final advice for tweaking my pieces.
Good luck to everyone else preparing in these final weeks!
Congratulations on getting that exemption. Grade 5 theory isn't all that difficult (I know, that's easy for me to say as a music teacher) but it is indeed a hassle to get out of the way. I just bit the bullet and took it (March of 2018), and I'm glad I did as it was a great opportunity to revise basic theory.
Which pieces have you chosen for your Grade 6 exam?
As always, "my sympathy is with all who take the music exams" (to misquote the great Hercule Poirot).