QUOTE(da_go18 @ Oct 21 2010, 04:37 PM)
You can take as many as you like but you must have passed the grade 5 theory before you enter the grade 8 and you must have passed grade 8 before you take the Diploma.
sure, I understand that. But will it have to be this way: in 2011 I take the grade 5 theory. I wait until 2012 to take the grade 8 piano. Next, I wait until 2013 for the DipABRSM, and so on? Or can I take the grade 5 theory in 6 months and in the next month take the grade 8 piano examn, and in six moht take the dipabrsm, etc?
It depends on where you take them. In the UK there are 3 sessions, Spring, Summer and Autumn and you could do one in each session.
Internationally there is usually only one exam session for practical exams per country per year and maybe more for theory.
I am in Austria and they have 3 dates for theory exams in the year (mine is next week!) and one session for practical May/June. Germany has two sessions for practicals - March/April and another later in the year.
So it depends on where you are going to be taking your exams.
You could not take your grade 8 and Dip in the same session because you have to have passed grade 8 first before you are allowed to enter the dip.