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Music Theory Exam on 7 November 2020

Given the recent spike in Covid cases and local lockdowns across Malaysia, we are now reviewing the feasibility of conducting the Theory Exam on 7 November 2020. You would have recently received an automated email with instructions about what to do on the exam day, but of course we are now having to review the status of the upcoming Theory Exam. We will update you again as soon as possible, but rest assured our priority will always be the safety of our candidates and exam staff.

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.


This syllabus is designed to support and motivate the choral activity of a wide range of choirs, giving a sense of progression and achievement from the earliest levels. Exams are available at three levels – Initial, Intermediate and Advanced – and choirs can choose their own repertoire.

At each level, choirs perform vocal exercises followed by three contrasted choral works. As well as the boost to motivation that comes from working towards an exam, there's the opportunity for choirs to discover and perform some fantastic music of their own choice.

As with all our assessments, the performance is heard by one of our ABRSM examiners – all highly qualified, experienced musicians. For successful performances, all members of the choir present at the exam receive a celebratory certificate.

Whether you’re a choral member, teacher or director, we hope this syllabus inspires and supports your music learning or teaching. We wish you every success for your musical journey.

Please note that this syllabus is only available online.

What's in the exam?

  • For candidates of Grades 1–3 solo Singing
  • Vocal warm-up exercises
  • 7–10 minute programme
  • Three or more contrasted items

  • For candidates of Grades 4–5 solo Singing
  • Vocal warm-up exercises
  • 9–12 minute programme
  • Three or more contrasted items

  • For candidates of Grades 6–8 solo Singing
  • Vocal warm-up exercises
  • 12–15 minute programme
  • Three or more contrasted items

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