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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.

In the exam room

Recordings will help us to help you if you have queries about an exam. It’s a service that we have wanted to offer for many years, and teachers and candidates have also been asking us to introduce this. In addition to helping with queries, recordings will assist with other quality assurance processes and examiner training.

Not at all. The recording happens automatically in the background on the examiner’s iPad, and candidates will not be aware of this.

No, this is now part of our exam regulations for all our practical music performance exams and is standard practise for many other awarding organisations.

Only authorised ABRSM staff will be able to access the recordings. The recordings will be stored for three months after the exam date and then deleted.

We are not making video recordings. All iPads used by our examiners are supplied by ABRSM with the camera function disabled.

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