Latest exam updates

Performance Grade booking

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens in February. For details, see our dates and fees page.

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) – we will not be offering these exams in March. The next exams at Grades 6 to 8 will be in June 2021.
  • 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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Face-to-face practical exams, session 1 - USA

Due to current COVID restrictions, we will not be opening our normal booking period in January for face-to-face practical exams in April-June. We hope to provide a practical session later in the year, but need to keep all dates under review as we can only accept bookings if COVID travel and government restrictions are lifted. We will provide an update nearer to the next booking period.

Kojereeds

Kojereeds (formerly Borneo Reeds) was the recipient of the ISF in 2014 and 2016, and has continued to receive other ABRSM funding since. The professional development prize (now called the Malaysian Wind Prize) is awarded to a talented wind player each year, after which they conduct a recital tour across the country and outreach programmes in schools to promote high quality wind playing and to help increase standards of playing. The solo winners have played: French Horn, Clarinet, Bassoon, Oboe and Flute. After 5 years, the prize in 2019 evolved as a Wind Ensemble prize, to increase scope and outreach. 2019 winners are a saxophone quartet and flute ensemble, who will conduct similar activities across Malaysia.

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