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.

Global High Scorers’ concert

Uniting people through the power of music.

Congratulations from all of us at ABRSM to the performers taking part in this very special High Scorers’ Concert. These concerts are such a familiar part of the ABRSM world. For many years they have provided opportunities for communities to come together and celebrate the achievements and talents of their musicians as they develop and progress. In some ways, this concert is no different, in connecting people, sharing musical performances and providing inspiration and enjoyment for audience and participants alike.

But, of course, this concert is also very different. It is our first ever Virtual Global High Scorer’s Concert. It’s a concert featuring performers from many countries around the world with an audience that will no doubt stretch even further. It’s a concert that demonstrates the spirit and adaptability of the ABRSM community – from representatives and teachers to learners and their families. And it’s a concert that shows how, with a little help from technology and lot of passion from people, music making will continue to thrive and flourish, no matter what the obstacles may be.

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