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Latest Exam News: Updated 17 June
Unfortunately the Grade 6-8 Music Theory exams due to be held on 19 June 2021 in Malaysia have been cancelled. We are moving all entered candidates over to the next exam date of 21 August 2021. You will receive an email shortly about this, and what to do if you would prefer a refund.
The online Music Theory session is now open and candidates can take their exam up to and including 23 June.
Customer Update for Online Theory in Malaysia
In light of the new MCO 3.0 restrictions and to support teachers and schools who wish to organise centralised online music theory exams for their candidates, and where candidates will need to travel to that venue, we have organised the following to allow you to host the exams from your premises from 1 June onwards:
1. The letter from ABRSM to explain that this is an international exam and verifies that you are scheduled to sit for the exam at the designated venue (music school, teacher's home etc). Please attach your booking confirmation to this letter when travelling along with the venue approval letter (see below).
2. This letter lists all approved venues for the online music theory exam. Please note it is still the responsibility of the music school or teacher to follow all SOPs when hosting the exam.
For candidates who will take the exam in their own home, please ignore the above information.
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.
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.
This section outlines what your students need to know for the exam day.
Candidates need to make sure they have completed a programme form, which they should give to the examiner at the start of the exam.
Examiners may ask to look at the music before or after the performance of the whole programme. A separate copy of the music is not needed – examiners can use the candidate’s or accompanist’s copy.
Candidates who are performing from memory must also bring copies of their music.
Performing from unauthorized photocopies (or other kinds of copies) of copyright editions is not allowed. If ABRSM has evidence an illegal copy is being used, we may withhold the exam result.
In the UK, copies may be used in certain limited circumstances – for full details, see the MPA’s Code of Fair Practice at www.mpaonline.org.uk. In all other cases, application should be made to the copyright holder before any copy is made, and evidence of permission received should be brought to the exam.
A music stand will be available at ABRSM centres although candidates are welcome to bring their own if they prefer. A chair/stool will also be provided for those who need it, e.g cellists. Double bassists should provide their own stool if required.
Candidates aren’t allowed to bring any material or equipment (such as devices capable of recording) unconnected with their exam to the exam room. Mobile phones must be switched off during the exam.
In most cases there will be just one examiner in the exam room; however, for training and quality assurance purposes, a second examiner may sometimes be present.
ABRSM will send the applicant the mark form (and certificate for successful candidates) after the exam. Examiners will never give the result on the day, or comment on what it is.
Candidates are very welcome to test the acoustic of the room by briefly playing or singing before beginning their performance. Pianists, in particular, are encouraged to take a few moments to get used to the piano.