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.

Exam timings

How long do exams take?

Our exams are designed to give all candidates enough time to show their potential in the exam room. Below you'll find the exam timings, which you should take into account if organising a visit. Exams don't normally begin before 9.00am or end later than 5.30pm.

Practical

Music Theory

Keyboard subjects

Singing

Harp and Organ

All other subjects

Prep Test

10 mins

10 mins

-

12 mins

-

Grade 1*

12 mins

13 mins

17 mins

12 mins

90 mins

Grades 2 & 3*

12 mins

15 mins

19 mins

14 mins

90 mins

Grades 4 & 5*

15 mins

15 mins

22 mins

17 mins

120 mins

Grade 6

20 mins

20 mins

25 mins

20 mins

180 mins

Grade 7

25 mins

25 mins

30 mins

25 mins

180 mins

Grade 8

30 mins

30 mins

35 mins

30 mins

180 mins

ARSM

40 mins

40 mins

40 mins

40 mins

-

Performance Assessment

15 mins

15 mins

20 mins

15 mins

-

* NB an additional three minutes is applied to Jazz exams.

Ensembles

Instrumental/Vocal & Jazz

Choral Singing

Primary/Initial Ensembles

17 mins

20 mins

Intermediate Ensembles

23 mins

22 mins

Advanced Ensembles

30 mins

25 mins

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