I have a beleaguered history with Grade 5 Theory. First of all, I passed my Grade 5 Practical a long time ago but I could not afford to pay my then teacher for theory coaching so I decided to study for it myself.
Unfortunately, a family member became seriously ill and was hospitalized for multiple surgeries. ABRSM refused to refund me my exam fee though I wanted to withdraw so I decided to go ahead and sit for the exam anyway (this was pre-2018 syllabus change paper exam) on the off chance that I might scrape through. I had done some studying before family member's hospitalization but I had no teacher and my life was basically chaos due to family member's condition. I scored around 40, not enough to secure a pass.
Fast forward to last year. I took intensive theory lessons for 2 months with a teacher but I had to stop because I got into an intensive full-time course and just didn't have the time to study theory on top of my course and other commitments.
I am graduating from my course soon (mid-June 21) and I'm considering taking Grade 5 Theory sometime in August. I will not be able to afford a teacher but if I am very disciplined after my course ends, I will have about half the day everyday for cramming.
Is an August timeline realistic? How much time will I need to devote each day to studying? I'm not planning on a Distinction, just a pass so I can go on to Grade 6. I'm nervous about this new online format because the first cohort to take it in my country had a lot of technical hiccups and I'm just more comfortable with paper as an older person. I have "Take Five and Pass First Time"(I didn't pass first time obviously but I didn't have this book back then! lol), "First Steps in Music Theory" as well as the new format workbooks but I haven't had much time/spare brain cells to work through them during my full-time course so I've gotten somewhat rusty when it comes to what I've learned.