Latest exam updates

Exam refunds

To support customers affected by ongoing COVID restrictions, for Practical and Performance Grade exams from 1st January to 31st 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. Find out more: https://www.abrsm.org/en/latestupdates

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 candidate 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 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.

Watch an ARSM diploma performance

4 years ago

The latest of our videos supporting the launch of our new Post-Grade-8 diploma feature condensed versions of ARSM performances, providing a useful insight into the requirements of the new exam. The clips featured are representative of the whole performance, but particularly focus on the areas of the performance which led to the overall result. The films showcase each piece in turn and then provide commentary from our Chief Examiner, John Holmes, who discusses the ARSM marking criteria and provides an insight into what our examiners are looking for.

Piano

 

Clarinet

 

Behind the scenes

Take a look a behind the scenes as members of the Junior Department at the Royal Academy of Music test their performance skills and share what they thought of their ARSM exam.

What is ARSM?

The Associate of the Royal Schools of Music (ARSM) is a performance-only diploma that provides an opportunity to candidates to demonstrate performance skills after Grade 8. Candidates perform a 30-minute programme where they are assessed on their musical communication skills, interpretation and technical delivery. There are no written or spoken elements and no scales, sight-reading or aural tests, making it a very accessible exam.

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