To sing a short melody from score, accompanied by a higher part played by the examiner, in any major or minor key up to four sharps or flats.
Please excuse my iggerance...I'm just typing up notes on Grade 8 exams for my son's Japanese violin teacher. Exam was postponed till next spring, so he's been working on etudes and scales and is just gearing up for a major summer offensive on exam preparation. However, his standard of reference is Japanese university auditions and entrance exams, not ABRSM, so while many of the topics are the same the approach is quite different.
Another question: when my son took his first Grade 5, we read through the aural book, and gathered that he would have to answer questions about the period or style of the music, but in fact, that didn't happen in either of his grade 5 exams. As the notes in the aural regulations don't say much, I'd love to know a bit more about what kind of questions the "musical features" section normally covers at grade 8.