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Performance Grade booking

Booking for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens on Tuesday 1 December and closes on Tuesday 8 December. This is when you can book submission dates during our 5 to 31 January exam session. We have a set number of exam slots available, so please book early for the widest choice of dates. Find out more about Performance Grades.

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Changes to Grades 6 to 8

We are introducing some changes to the accompanied song requirements at Grades 6 to 8 only. The changes are designed to ensure that the new syllabus reflects the different needs and motivations of upper-grade singers. Our aim is to provide greater choice and flexibility so that singers at this level can perform repertoire that matches and showcases their strengths and interests.

At Grades 6-8 we have:

  • Candidates perform three songs, rather than four. Each song will be marked out of 30. This is consistent with the requirements and marking for Singing at Grades 1 to 5 and instrumental exams at all grades.
  • We are expanding the number of repertoire lists, so singers at these grades can choose their three songs from five different lists. The lists will be:
    • List A: Early and sacred songs
    • List B: Art songs in French and German
    • List C: Art songs in English
    • List D: Art songs in other languages
    • List E: Opera, operetta and musical theatre
  • Candidates will no longer be required to sing in two languages or to sing certain songs in their original language. However, the five lists encourage teachers and candidates to consider songs in various languages, and provide plenty of opportunities for students to develop skills in this area if they want to.
  • Any song can be sung by any voice type and in any key, as is already the case at Grades 1 to 5.

It’s all about giving you the freedom to take the route that is most suitable for you and your student!

Overlap arrangements

The usual overlap period will apply for songs from the old syllabus, which candidates can perform until:

  • Spring 2018 (period A) in the UK and Ireland
  • 31 December 2018 in all other countries.

However, from 1 January 2018 onwards candidates at Grades 6 to 8 should only perform three songs. During the overlap period, candidates at Grades 6 to 8 presenting songs from the previous syllabus are free to choose from any three of the four old lists.


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