Practical exams (session one)
Booking Period: ** Session cancelled **
|US (all states)||** Session cancelled **|
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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
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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.
Please note that retake fees apply only to candidates applying for a partial retake (2.2 or 2.1 and 2.2, etc.). If candidates are retaking the complete exam, the full fee is payable.
These dates are for guidance only and the information is based on previous exam sessions. Exams may take place any time between the main session dates.
|State||Region||1st session||2nd session|
|California||Los Angeles & San Diego||April to May||October to November|
|Fremont||April to June||October to December|
|Hayward||April to June||October to December|
|Mountain View||April to June||October to December|
|Newark||April to June||October to December|
|San Francisco||April to June||October to December|
|Georgia||Atlanta||May||November to December|
|Illinois||Chicago||April to June||October to December|
|Inverness||April to June||October to December|
|Massachusetts||Boston||May to June||November|
|New Hampshire||May to June||November|
|Worcester||May to June||November|
|New Jersey||Bridgewater||May to June||October to November|
|Cherry Hill||May to June||October to November|
|East Brunswick||May to June||October to November|
|Edgewater||May to June||October to November|
|Edison||May to June||October to November|
|Greenbrook||May to June||October to November|
|Matawan||May to June||October to November|
|Morganville||May to June||October to November|
|Princeton||May to June||October to November|
|Tenafly||May to June||October to November|
|New York||Albany||April to May||October to November|
|Brooklyn||April to May||October to November|
|Elmhurst||April to May||October to November|
|Flushing||April to May||October to November|
|Manhattan||April to May||October to November|
|New York||April to May||October to November|
|Utica||April to May||October to November|
|Houston||May to June||November to December|
|Virginia||Annandale||June||November to December|
|Washington||Kirkland||May||October to December|
|Seattle||May||October to December|
|Wisconsin||Madison||April to June||October to December|
Candidates for Practical exams Grades 6–8 must already have passed one of the following qualifications: ABRSM Grade 5 (or above) in Music Theory, Practical Musicianship, or a solo Jazz subject. A copy of the certificate or mark form must be supplied at the time of entry.
|Exam taken after 1993||Exam taken from 1977 to 1993||Exam taken before 1977|
|Confirmation of marks||free of charge||£42.00||£53.00|
|Duplicate certificate||£11.50 (diplomas £18.50)||£11.50 (diplomas £18.50)||£11.50 (diplomas £18.50)|
|Appeal investigation||No fee||Half of the entry fee|
|Independent review||£60.00 per candidate||£60.00 per candidate|
Fees should be paid directly to ABRSM's office in London by sterling draft presentable in the UK or by credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Sterling drafts should be payable to ‘The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music’.
If you wish to pay locally please contact your local representative, who will advise you of the local fee and method of payment.