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.

Playing On Again

with ABRSM Executive director Lincoln Abbotts

The emergence of COVID-19 last year reminded us all of the incredible power of music to help us through extraordinary times.

As schools closed and face-to-face exams were cancelled, ABRSM was proud to step forward to help musicians around the world Play On through the ideas, resources and encouragement offered on these pages.

We know you appreciated it too. There were incredible 300,000 visits to the platform and it hosted some fantastic musical moments like our Making Music Day ensemble performance featuring 700 players from around the world.

If you aren’t already a regular visitor we hope you will make Play On an online home during the continuing challenges of these times. Whether you’re a teacher, parent or musician it is here to help you learn, teach and share music.

There’s loads of fantastic stuff – ideas, tips, resources and fun – already on the site and we’ll be adding even more over the coming weeks so, join us, keeping checking for updates, join in our fantastic new weekly Musical Moments at 4pm every Thursday, and, above all, Play On!

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