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.

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.

  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)
  Practical Theory
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.

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