Latest exam updates

Performance Grade exams

We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check our Dates and Fees page for details.

Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)

We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.

Singing syllabus from 2018

Featuring refreshed repertoire lists for all grades as well as a number of changes to the accompanied song requirements at Grades 6–8.


"There are so many exciting developments! Old favourites are still there but you will find new songs to add to the vast singing teacher library. Special attention has been paid to treble and counter-tenor voices to ensure they have enough choice but all singers should find something which will appeal to them and show them off at their best.”  – Heidi Pegler, singing teacher and ABRSM consultant

"Great emphasis has been placed on the inclusion of a wider range of musical theatre songs and broadening the choice of repertoire at higher grades with three items to be chosen from five lists." – Eileen Field, singing teacher and ABRSM consultant

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