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

Our mission at ABRSM is to inspire musical achievement. We believe everyone has the right to enjoy and excel at music. We also understand that everyone’s musical journey is different. This is why we’re committed to creating new opportunities for people to achieve their goals.

Key Information

  • From this autumn we will start offering Performance Grades in the UK as remotely-assessed exams. We will be gradually rolling out Performance Grades internationally, starting before the end of 2020. We will share exam dates and booking periods soon.
  • Our Performance Grades are not replacing our existing Practical Grades, they offer an additional route to musical progress.
  • You can also choose to switch between our Performance and Practical exams as you progress through the grades.
  • The exams are equivalent in demand and value to our existing graded music exams, but have a different emphasis with a focus on performance.
  • For the exam, candidates select and perform four pieces or songs, presented as a continuous programme: at least three pieces need to be from our existing syllabus (one from each list) and one is of the candidate’s own choice. Full programming requirements, including timings, are given in the relevant syllabus (available to download from this page).
  • Performance Grades are assessed remotely: choose your pieces/songs, practise your performance and - when you’re ready – record a video of your performance and send it to us for marking by our examiner panel. 
  • If a candidate is ready to record their Performance Grade exam, they can do this at any time from now on, as long as they follow the full guidance, qualification specification and syllabus requirements available on this page. We hope this flexibility to record now and submit later (once an exam has been booked) will provide opportunities for learners to record their performance at a time that works for them.
  • You must read the full ‘Guidance for remotely-assessed Performance Grade exams’ available under Key Documents on this page, before you make any exam recordings. This guidance covers in detail how to record and submit a Performance Grade video.  You should also read our ‘Special COVID-19 arrangements for accompaniment in remotely-assessed exams’ (PDF) which are in place for the UK and Ireland until at least 7 November 2020.
  • A pass at ABRSM Grade 5 or above is required in either Music Theory, Practical Musicianship or any Practical Music solo Jazz instrument before learners can enter for a Grade 6, 7 or 8 Performance exam.
  • Alongside Performance Grade exams at Grades 1 to 8, we will be offering a remotely-assessed ARSM exam with the same syllabus and requirements as our current ARSM.
  • As with our Practical Grades, students taking Performance Grades 6 to 8 will receive UCAS (University and Colleges Admission Service) points which can be used as part of a university or college application in the UK.

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