Latest exam updates

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 booking

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Exact dates will be announced soon. Please check here for more information.

Updating our service to you – from booking exams to receiving results

We are changing the way you book exams and receive results. 

  • We are introducing a new online exam booking service for all graded music exams, ARSM, Prep Test and Performance Assessment. This includes our new online Music Theory and Performance Grade exams.
  • If you are booking practical exams at a Public Venue organised by us, you can choose your exam date and venue from a list of options, and change appointments online.
  • If you are booking practical exams at a Private Visit, you can upload a list of candidates to your booking and use our online timetabling tool to arrange your exam day(s).
  • For remotely-assessed Performance Grades, you can choose an exam submission slot from a list of options.
  • Practical and Performance Grade exam results will be available more quickly – within a week of the exam, subject to quality assurance checks – with digital mark forms available online as soon as we release your results.
  • Our new candidate account option will give learners and parents easy access to essential exam information.

You will need to create a new ABRSM account before you book exams, even if you have an existing ABRSM Applicant Number.  We will email all exam applicants when you can go online to create you new account.

Please note, we no longer accept paper entry forms for the exams listed above. Instead, you will need to book and pay online using a credit or debit card or PayPal.

There are no changes to arrangements for DipABRSM, LRSM, FRSM, Choral Singing and Ensemble exams. 

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