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 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


California - Monterey area


California - San Francisco area







North Carolina



Central California

Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina

New York & Connecticut


Oregon and SW Washington

San Francisco


Arizona & Colorado 

 Southern California (Los Angeles & San Diego) 



Our examining panels consist of over 700 musicians, all highly qualified and skilled in their own field. Individual experience is combined with comprehensive and rigorous training, both prior to acceptance on the panel and whilst they remain a member of it.

We provide all our examiners with continuing professional development, moderation and monitoring. The result is a team of examiners that we trust and know to be impartial, objective and consistent.

Criteria for application

ABRSM's examiners must be UK-based musicians with a strong educational background and the qualifications to demonstrate this.

They will have the personal experience, qualities and attributes to cope positively with the range of situations and people they will meet, be used to working with children, be open to training, be competent but not necessarily performing pianists and be able to make at least one week of their time available each session.

They must be prepared to travel, as ABRSM makes every effort to avoid the possibility of panel members examining candidates known to them, or the students of teachers they know.

Examiners do not normally revisit an examining venue within a three-year period.

They will be in sympathy with ABRSM's Child Safeguarding and Equal Opportunities policies, and will have full DBS clearance.

Interested in becoming an ABRSM examiner?

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