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) 



Taking an online exam

On this page you can find links to the information you need to book or take an online Grade 5 Music Theory exam on 26 August. This is a live pilot exam available to candidates in the UK only.

  • Exam date and time: 26 August 2020 at 5pm
  • Booking period: 27 – 31 July 2020

Trial log in and practice questions

We have adapted the style of some questions for use in an online exam. If you are familiar with our paper exams, the online version of some questions will look different. Once the booking period has closed, all candidates entered for an online Music Theory exam will be able to log in, experience the online exam platform and practise a small selection of sample questions before the exam. We will email the applicant with instructions and log in details when these are available.

Online Music Theory Exam Guidelines  

This includes important information for applicants, teachers, parents and candidates. These guidelines will take you through:

  • Booking an exam – using our online booking service
  • Where you can take the exam – including our requirements for the exam location and the equipment you will need
  • Candidate ID – needed for all candidates
  • 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

Read the full guidelines here.

Exam Regulations 

If you’re the exam applicant you should read our Exam Regulations, which include an additional section (addendum) to cover online Music Theory exams.

Guide to Remote Proctoring in ABRSM Online Theory Exams 

This policy provides information about the proctoring for our online Music Theory exams. Proctoring is a little like remote invigilation and ensures that individual candidates take their exams in in accordance with our regulations and requirements. The candidate will be filmed for the duration of the exam via the webcam and exam software, and trained proctors will review each exam. The proctor is the person who views the video recording of the assessment and is responsible for alerting us to any suspicious activity.

The exam platform, proctoring and test delivery are provided by a third party supplier called PSI who deliver over 15 million assessments every year.

Further information

If you’re a teacher or candidate preparing for the exam you may find the following useful:

If your question isn’t answered in these documents, you may find the information you need in our Frequently asked questions.

We will update this page and publish additional guidance in advance of the next online Music Theory exams available in November 2020 to candidates in the following countries: UK, Czech Republic, India, Ireland, Malta, Russia, Singapore and Slovakia.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. By using our website, you are agreeing to our cookie policy and consent to our use of cookies. Find out more.