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.

The RPS Inspiration Award given to six online music groups 

By rights, it ought to have been a quiet year, with the pandemic closing concert halls and leaving so many musicians without work. But it turns out music cannot be locked down, as illustrated by the deluge of music offerings that quickly surfaced from the nation’s homes, online, and even on our streets. Planning for the annual RPS Awards, the Royal Philharmonic Society decided to honour the many selfless, inventive musicians who made this happen, and invited the public to nominate what had musically inspired them during lockdown. 2,761 nominations later, the RPS chose six winners, plus a further 19 commendees, for its new Inspiration Award. Together their efforts prove how much the nation needs music at times like these. Here’s a glimpse into the winning entries, and you can watch the complete RPS Awards on the Royal Philharmonic Society website.  

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