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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.

Exam timings

How long do exams take?

Our exams are designed to give all candidates enough time to show their potential in the exam room. Below you'll find the exam timings:

 

Practical

Music Theory**  

Keyboard subjects

Singing

Harp and Organ

All other subjects

Prep Test

10 mins

10 mins

-

12 mins

-

Initial Grade

12 mins

13 mins

17 mins

12 mins

90 mins

Grade 1*

12 mins

13 mins

17 mins

12 mins

90 mins

Grades 2 & 3*

12 mins

15 mins

19 mins

14 mins

90 mins

Grades 4 & 5*

15 mins

15 mins

22 mins

17 mins

120 mins

Grade 6

20 mins

20 mins

25 mins

20 mins

180 mins

Grade 7

25 mins

25 mins

30 mins

25 mins

180 mins

Grade 8

30 mins

30 mins

35 mins

30 mins

180 mins

ARSM

40 mins

40 mins

40 mins

40 mins

-

Performance Assessment

15 mins

15 mins

20 mins

15 mins

-

* NB an additional three minutes is applied to Jazz exams.
**Music Theory candidates may leave at any time after 40 minutes if finished early

 

Ensembles

Instrumental/Vocal & Jazz

Choral Singing

Primary/Initial Ensembles

17 mins

20 mins

Intermediate Ensembles

23 mins

22 mins

Advanced Ensembles

30 mins

25 mins

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