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.

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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.


Her Majesty The Queen

Governing Body

Colette Bowe

Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Principal of the Royal Academy of Music

Douglas Gardner

Jeremy Heap

Professor Colin Lawson
Director of the Royal College of Music

Professor Linda Merrick
Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music

David Roper
Deputy Chairman

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey
Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Alan Smith

Tony Travis


His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

Executive Directorate

Michael Elliott
Chief Executive

Lincoln Abbotts
Executive Director: Strategic Development

Tim Arnold
Executive Director: Global Operations

Sue Cambridge
Executive Director: Finance & Administration

John Holmes
Chief Examiner

Penny Milsom
Executive Director: Products & Services

Jeremy Phillips
Executive Director: Commercial
(appointed 29 February 2016)

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