Practical Exams Update – South Africa

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we’re working hard on solutions to ensure they can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity. However, on the basis of official and local advice we have made the following changes to our South Africa exams for the remainder of the year:

  • For the regions of Eastern & Western Cape, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal exams, we plan to hold exams from late September – October. There will be no exams held throughout August and early September. Entries for these regions have already been received.
  • For exams in Gauteng, we plan to hold exams from October – November. Entries for this region have already been received. We will not be able to take bookings for Botswana, Swaziland and the surrounding areas for any further exams in 2020.

Please note, our ability to accept bookings and hold exams continue to be conditional on the current restrictions being lifted. We will provide an update to customers as soon as we can. Our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course.

Withdrawals and refunds

Notice of withdrawal of any candidate who can't be present for an exam must be sent in writing with an explanation of the reason as soon as possible and no later than the day of the exam. This should be sent to the office where the original entry was sent.

Provided this is done and the withdrawal is made necessary by some unavoidable and unpredictable event (such as illness or injury, which should be supported by documentary evidence such as a medical certificate), half of the entry fee may be refunded.

A candidate who's withdrawn from an exam may be re-entered in the next exam session if the last date of entry hasn't passed. In such cases, a new entry and full payment must be submitted, as entry details/payment can't be transferred from one period to the next.

A candidate in quarantine for any infection must be withdrawn. If exams are cancelled owing to quarantine, alternative appointments/fee refunds may be offered at ABRSM’s discretion.

Download entry forms

Please ensure that you complete and return two copies of your exam entry form to your local representative or contact.

Graded music exams and ARSM

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Practical (Instrumental and Singing), ARSM and Music Theory entry form

Ensembles and Choral Singing exams

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Ensembles entry form

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Choral Singing entry form

DipABRSM, LRSM and FRSM diplomas

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Diploma entry form

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Diploma exam day declaration (DipABRSM and LRSM Performance & Direction candidates only – print out this declaration and give it to the examiners at the start of your exam)



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