Practical Session 2 Update - USA

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners And we are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.

However, on the basis of official and local advice we will be cancelling Session 2 Practical exams scheduled for October-December. Our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course. We are very sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and we will continue to monitor the situation. Thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place.

We will be gradually rolling out remotely-assessed Performance Grades https://gb.abrsm.org/en/performancegrades/ internationally starting before the end of 2020 and will share exam dates and booking periods soon.

Music Theory November Update - USA

We are still in the process of confirming with our Representatives whether Music Theory exams can take place in every area, based on local official advice. However, we can confirm that the Theory exams in the following areas below have been cancelled. All other areas are currently scheduled to hold a Music Theory exam, however we are monitoring the situation closely and will be in touch if anything changes. 

California - Los Angeles and San Diego

Wisconsin

California - Monterey area

Illinois

California - San Francisco area

Ohio

Oregon

Virginia

Washington

Maryland

Arizona

North Carolina

Colorado

Seattle

Central California

Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina

New York & Connecticut

Ohio

Oregon and SW Washington

San Francisco

Wisconsin/Illinois

Arizona & Colorado 

 Southern California (Los Angeles & San Diego) 

 

 

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