Latest exam updates

Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)

We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.

Performance Grade exams

We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check our Dates and Fees page for details.

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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