Latest exam updates

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.

Arizona
California
Colorado
Illinois
Maryland
North Carolina
Ohio
Oregon
Seattle
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin

Results and mark forms

  • We are introducing digital mark forms for all Practical and Performance Grades and ARSM exams.
  • You will receive your Practical Grade, Performance Grade and ARSM results more quickly, usually within a week of the exam, subject to quality assurance checks.

Receiving results

Results and Practical Grade, Performance Grade and ARSM mark forms will be available via your online account.

  • Mark forms will be available as PDFs and we will release them as soon as results are ready to view.
  • We will release these mark forms as soon as the results are ready to view.
  • The new mark forms will look very similar to the current paper forms, but comments will appear as type rather than handwriting.
  • Candidates with an account will be able to access their results and mark forms seven days after we have released the result to the applicant.

Some things about results and certificates are staying the same.

  • We will continue to send graded exam and ARSM certificates in the post.
  • Music Theory exam results will be available via your online account.
  • Examiners will continue to write Prep Test and Performance Assessment certificates during the exam, handing them to performers at the end of their assessment.

Marking the exam

All examiners will be using our specially created examiner app to mark Performance Grades, Practical Grades and ARSM exams.

For face-to-face exams – although examiners will be working in a different way, the exam experience for all candidates will stay the same:

  • During the exam, examiners will use an iPad to complete mark forms.
  • The app will automatically audio record exams, providing us with recordings to help with quality assurance, examiner training and enquiries about results. The recording happens automatically and will not disturb or interrupt the exam in any way. Recordings are for internal use only so will not be available to applicants or candidates.
  • All iPads used by our examiners will have the camera function disabled.

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