Practical exams (session one)
Booking Period: ** Session cancelled **
|US (all states)||** Session cancelled **|
Latest exam updates
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.
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.
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.