Latest exam updates

Exam Refunds – Practical Session 1 & 2

We are currently working to issue refunds for all exams cancelled due to COVID-19.

For entries submitted online, exam fees will be refunded to the original payment card automatically. If you card has been replaced since you made the entry, the refund should be redirected to your new card automatically in most cases and we will contact you directly if there are any issues processing your refund. Your refund will be processed from September onwards and we will provide more precise dates in due course. 

Please note that we are unable to refund online entries directly to your bank account. If you have concerns about the amount being refunded to your credit card, please contact your bank for advice as local reports suggest they have been quite helpful in these situations, given the current circumstances. 

If you submitted a paper entry form to your State Education Department, you must submit a refund request to the Examinations Syndicate in Malaysia with complete documentation attached by 14 September 2020. Manual refunds may take between 1 to 2 months to process. Any queries relating to manual refunds should be sent to [email protected]. Thank you for your patience.

Music Theory – updates and changes

Grades 1 to 5 from 2020 onwards

We are pleased to announce that we have brought forward our plans to move the assessment of Music Theory at Grades 1 to 5 to an online exam. We have been working on the development of online exams for some time, but in response to the COVID-19 pandemic we have accelerated this work. We are confident that the online format will provide a more learner-friendly experience for candidates.

  • The first online Music Theory exam will be a live pilot for Grade 5 taking place on 26 August 2020. This exam is open to candidates in the UK.
  • We will offer further online exams at Grades 1 to 5 in the UK and selected territories in November, before rolling out online Music Theory exams at these grades worldwide during 2021.
  • We will make further announcements very soon to tell you when our online Music Theory exams will be available to you. 

We have also updated some questions at Grades 1 to 5 and made some small changes to the syllabus. These changes apply to online exams from 2020 in all territories where they are available. In territories where online exams are not yet available and we are still offering paper-based exams, these updated question and syllabus changes will apply from 2021.

You can find full details on these pages, along with supporting materials and news of further resources to follow.

Music Theory exams at Grades 6 to 8 will continue as paper-based assessments for everyone worldwide. There are no changes to the questions or syllabus for these grades. We will offer these exams when we can do this safely and in line with government guidance.

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