These figures also back up something I wrote in these forums ages ago (but got shot down in flames) which is that it is harder to fail grade 1 than any other grade.
Certainly I don't want to shoot you down in flames again. Is it harder to fail Grade 1 or is there another reason to account for the statistics? Could it, for axample have anything to do with the age range of candidates? Would there be a higher percentage of older candidates (late beginners) taking Grade 1 and
also candidates who already have exam experience taking up a second instrument?
Actually there are several ways in which the AB statistics could be broken down - by instrument, by age of candidate, by country in which the exam is taken and probably others I haven't thought of.
I'd like to see the ABpublishing various breakdowns of their results every couple of years. It would be interesting.