Latest exam updates

Exam refunds

To support customers affected by ongoing COVID restrictions, for Practical and Performance Grade exams from 1 January to 31 May 2021 any absent candidate will automatically receive a refund. This includes Performance Grades where the candidate has been unable to record and upload their video. You do not need to contact us to request a refund. However, it will help us if you can log in to your account and cancel the exam.

For Online Music Theory exams and any paper based exams taking place outside of the UK/Ireland we anticipate COVID restrictions will not prevent candidates from sitting their exam so absentee candidates will not automatically receive a refund and our normal Withdrawal, Non-attendance and Fee Refunds Policy still applies.

Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – the next exams will take place in June. Please note, dates and booking periods for Grades 1-5 and Grades 6-8 may be different from now on. For full details, see our dates and fees page.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

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Performance Grade exams

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. 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 using our online service. Please also read our discount information and terms and conditions here.

Enjoyment through achievement

Earning an ABRSM certificate is a rewarding experience. If you're working hard to make progress with your music, you need a way to recognise your success and reassurance that you're on the right track.

Music exams offer:

  • Motivation and inspiration, working from a carefully structured syllabus towards a definite goal
  • A measure of personal progress and attainment against internationally recognised benchmarks
  • An objective guide to improve your musical skills
  • Assessment by a respected and independent musician who's highly trained and is monitored
  • Performance opportunities and a real sense of achievement

Setting the standards

ABRSM has been giving structure and support and setting standards for over a hundred years. During that time, much has been tried, tested and consolidated. We use this wealth of experience for the benefit and guidance of the many hundreds of thousands who take our exams, knowing that they're part of the most respected and valued system of music exams in the world.

Bear in mind...

Music exams don't suit everyone, and exam syllabuses aren't intended to provide a complete curriculum or choice of repertoire to the exclusion of all other music. We believe that all musicians should explore a wide range of music to stimulate their interest and refresh their outlook.

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