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

Ensembles exams

Playing and singing with other musicians is a wonderful way to learn and enjoy music. We offer syllabuses for a wide range of ensembles, from duos and trios to jazz ensemble.

Groups are required to perform a minimum of two contrasted items of appropriate standard and length. They may offer either two of the suggested works listed in the syllabus or any alternatives of their own choice that are similar in standard and length.

Please note that this syllabus is only available online.

What's in the exam?

  • For candidates of Grade 4â5 standard
  • 12-minute programme
  • A minimum of two items, contrasting in style and tempo
  • For candidates of Grade 6â7 standard
  • 18-minute programme
  • A minimum of two items, contrasting in style and tempo
  • For candidates of Grade 8 standard
  • 25-minute programme
  • A minimum of two items, contrasting in style and tempo

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