Latest exam updates

Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – we will not be offering these exams in March. The next exams at Grades 6 to 8 will be in June 2021.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing.

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Refunds

We are currently in the process of refunding applicants for Theory cancellations in November. Unfortunately due to the volume of refunds we are processing throughout the world this may take longer than usual for which we apologise.

Remotely-assessed Performance Grades and ARSM 

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams is in February – for details see our dates and fees page

Updating our service to you – from booking exams to receiving results

We are changing the way you book exams and receive results. 

  • We are introducing a new online exam booking service for all graded music exams, ARSM, Prep Test and Performance Assessment. This includes our new online Music Theory and Performance Grade exams.
  • If you are booking practical exams at a Public Venue organised by us, you can choose your exam date and venue from a list of options, and change appointments online.
  • If you are booking practical exams at a Private Visit, you can upload a list of candidates to your booking and use our online timetabling tool to arrange your exam day(s).
  • For remotely-assessed Performance Grades, you can choose an exam submission slot from a list of options.
  • Practical and Performance Grade exam results will be available more quickly – within a week of the exam, subject to quality assurance checks – with digital mark forms available online as soon as we release your results.
  • Our new candidate account option will give learners and parents easy access to essential exam information.

You will need to create a new ABRSM account before you book exams, even if you have an existing ABRSM Applicant Number.  We will email all exam applicants when you can go online to create you new account.

Please note, we no longer accept paper entry forms for the exams listed above. Instead, you will need to book and pay online using a credit or debit card or PayPal.

There are no changes to arrangements for DipABRSM, LRSM, FRSM, Choral Singing and Ensemble exams. 

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