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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.

North Carolina

Guidance and supporting resources

Quick links to key documents, videos and support materials for online Music Theory exams.

Syllabus updates and exam questions for online exams from 2020:

Exam guidance:

  • Full guidelines for online Music Theory exams at Grades 1 to 5. These include important information for applicants, teachers, parents and candidates including: 
    • booking an exam
    • the equipment the candidates will need
    • the role of the responsible adult
    • organising exams for multiple candidates in one location
    • the exam itself – including accessing the online exam platform
    • what candidates need to do at the start of the exam
    • the proctoring and security measures that will be place
    • results and certificates
  • Step by step guide to taking the exam; from downloading the software to submitting your exam answers


  • ABRSM online Music Theory exam – System set up and room scan
    • This video shows you how to carry out the room scan. 
    • If possible, the room candidates take the exam in should be free from notes, books of any kind, any depiction of musical notes and any representation of a piano keyboard. As shown in the demo. 
    • If a candidate is not able to access a room free of these items, then all books should remain closed and out of reach, and any depiction of musical notation or representation of a piano keyboard, including an actual piano, should be covered so they are not visible.
  • ABRSM online Music Theory exam – Questions

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