Latest exam updates

Exam refunds

To support customers affected by ongoing COVID restrictions, for Practical and Performance Grade exams from 1 January to 31 May 2021 any absent candidate will automatically receive a refund. This includes Performance Grades where the candidate has been unable to record and upload their video. You do not need to contact us to request a refund. However, it will help us if you can log in to your account and cancel the exam.

For Online Music Theory exams and any paper based exams taking place outside of the UK/Ireland we anticipate COVID restrictions will not prevent candidates from sitting their exam so absentee candidates will not automatically receive a refund and our normal Withdrawal, Non-attendance and Fee Refunds Policy still applies.

Performance Grade booking

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check here for dates and fees.

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) – the next exams will take place in June. Please note, dates and booking periods for Grades 1-5 and Grades 6-8 may be different from now on. For full details, see our dates and fees page.
  • 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.

For more information click here.

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.

 

Free resources from our friends at Figurenotes

Staying at home comes with some challenges. But one HUGE positive is that we can still make music. You might even have more time on your hands to practise! This is a great time to pick up that new instrument, learn a new piece or finally nail that beast of a drum fill you have always dreamed of playing.

So dust off your instrument and get your hands on a bundle of FREE resources from Figurenotes here. These are ideal for teachers to send to their students too - great support for those adapting to online teaching. 

In addition to these free resources, Figuresnotes will be posting many lovely musical challenges on their social media channels: TwitterFacebook, and Instagram. They’ll be sharing the best responses, so share yours by tagging Figurenotes and using the hashtag #FigurenotesAtHome.

Figurenotes are also actively taking requests for tunes and resources to share everyone. For everything they share, they’ll be posting the editable files in the Resource Base for their members, making it easy to adapt them for learners’ needs.

Visit the Figurenotes website: https://figurenotes.org/at-home

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