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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.

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.

Exam dates and fees 2021

Diploma retake fees

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.

Additional information

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
Arizona Mesa April N/A
Tucson April N/A
California Los Angeles & San Diego April to May October to November
Monterey April October
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
Colorado Colorado Springs April N/A
Denver April N/A
Fort Collins April N/A
Connecticut Hartford May N/A
Georgia Atlanta May November to December
Illinois Chicago April to June October to December
Inverness April to June October to December
Kentucky Louisville May November
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
Ohio Cincinnati May N/A
Solon May N/A
Oregon Portland May November
Pennsylvania West Chester May November
Tennessee Nashville April November
Texas Austin May November
Dallas May 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.

Other fees and charges (2021)*

 

Exam taken after 1993

Exam taken from 1977 to 1993

Exam taken before 1977

Confirmation of marks

free of charge

£44.00

£54.00

Duplicate certificate

£12.50
(Diplomas £19.50)

Included under confirmation of marks fee (see above)

Included under confirmation of marks fee (see above)


Practical results review (Grades 1-5)

£25.00

Practical results review (Grades 6-8 & ARSM)

£40.00

Online Theory marks review (Grades 1-5)

£10.00

Theory appeal investigation (Grades 6-8) **

Half of the entry fee

External review (Practical & Theory)

£60.00

* The above charges should be paid direct 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.

** For multiple candidates, the investigation fee charged will not exceed five times the local Grade 5 Practical/Music Theory fee.

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