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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, all exam fees have been refunded to the original payment card and should be received by 14 September 2020. If you card has been replaced since you made the entry, the refund should be redirected to your new card automatically. If you have any queries in relation to this, please contact your card provider.

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.

  • Online exams at Grades 1 to 5 are available in UK and selected territories in November and December. We will then roll 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 only from 2020 onwards, where they are available. 
  • Where online exams are not yet available and we are still offering paper-based exams, there will be no changes to questions and the exams will be based on the ‘from 2018’ Music Theory syllabus.

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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