Latest exam updates

Performance Grades: Booking for June Performance Grades is open now until 13 May.

Performance Grade exams

We are now offering Performance Grade exams every month. Please check here for dates and fees. We are extending the introductory 15% discount for these exams so that it applies to all remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams in 2021. Just enter code ABPG15MY when you book. Please also read our terms and conditions here.

Performance Grades discount: system error

We currently have an error in our systems relating to discount codes. When you add the code your order summary will show that 15% has been added to the total, not taken away. However, the 15% discount will be applied to your booking and the correct total will appear at the top of the next screen before you pay. We're working to fix this and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Face-to-face practical exams

We have postponed the start of Session 2 practical exams to allow us to plan with more certainty and book exam venues in good time. We hope to open a booking period in June or July with exams between September and December, exact dates to be confirmed. However, we are keeping these dates under review as we can only accept bookings if COVID-19 travel and government restrictions are lifted. We will provide an update nearer to the booking period.

 

Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)

We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.

Making a late booking

It may be possible for applicants to make late bookings for practical exams at Public Venues and Private Visits, if space is available. We are unable to accept any late bookings for Music Theory exams.

You should not rely on late booking to secure an exam slot. Any available slots are likely to be limited and we cannot guarantee that you will be able to book an exam once booking periods have closed or a Private Visit has been confirmed.

Late booking for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams

  • Exam submission dates will become available for late booking once the booking period has closed and booked exams have been confirmed.
  • In addition to any slots available when booking period closes, new slots will become available throughout the session as a result of cancellations.
  • You can book candidates into available slots up to 48 hours before the exam submission date.

Late booking for practical exams at Public Venues

  • Exam slots will become available for late booking once the booking period has closed and we’ve confirmed the timetables. This is usually around two weeks after the closing date.
  • In addition to any slots available when timetables are confirmed, new slots will become available throughout the session as a result of cancellations.
  • When you make a late booking, you can select an exact date and time, as the timetables have been fixed and we know exactly which slots are available.
  • You can book candidates into available slots up to 48 hours before the exam time.

Late booking for practical exams at Private Visits

  • If space is available, Visit Organisers and Permitted Applicants can add candidates as late bookings once the Private Visit has been confirmed (28 days before the visit start date).
  • You can only add candidates as late bookings if space is available within your confirmed visit dates and times. We finalise visits as full days or half days and we cannot add further days or extend a half day to a full day once the visit has been confirmed.
  • You can book candidates into available space up to 48 hours (two full days) before the visit start date.

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