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) 



Online exam dates in 2020

Online exams for Grades 1 to 5 will be available in a limited number of territories to begin with. The first online Music Theory exam will be a live pilot for Grade 5 taking place on 26 August.  This exam is open to candidates in the UK.

We will offer further online exams at Grades 1 to 5 in the UK and selected territories in November, before rolling out online Music Theory exams at these grades worldwide during 2021.

We will make further announcements very soon to tell you when our online Music Theory exams will be available to you.

Music Theory exams in 2020


Exam date

Booking period


Exam format

Updated questions and syllabus changes


26 August

27-31 July


Online (pilot)


India, Singapore

7 November

28 September  - 12 October

1 to 5






6 to 8



UK, Czech Republic, Ireland, Malta, Russia, Slovakia

10 November

28 September – 12 October

1 to 5






6 to 8



All other territories

We are doing everything we can to ensure Music Theory exams for Grades 1 to 8 go ahead in your region this year.


1 to 8



  • During 2021, we aim to introduce online assessment for all Grade 1 to 5 Music Theory exams worldwide. We will update you as soon as we know when these exams will be available to you.
  • Where online exams are available – paper-based exams will not be an option for these grades (except in very limited special circumstances).
  • Where online exams are not yet available – we will offer paper-based exams where we can do this safely and in line with government guidance.
  • Grades 6 to 8 remain as paper-based exams for everyone, worldwide. We will offer these exams where we can do this safely and in line with government guidance.

For the further information on exam availability, please check the following pages:

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