Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. 100 marks are required to achieve a Pass, 120 to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.
Find out about our Performance Grades and alternative route to a graded music exam.
Latest exam updates
Performance Grade booking
The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens in February. For details, see our dates and fees page.
Music Theory exams – March 2021
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Face-to-face practical exams, session 1 - USA
Due to current COVID restrictions, we will not be opening our normal booking period in January for face-to-face practical exams in April-June. We hope to provide a practical session later in the year, but need to keep all dates under review as we can only accept bookings if COVID travel and government restrictions are lifted. We will provide an update nearer to the next booking period.
Candidates for Grade 6, 7 or 8 exams must already have passed ABRSM Grade 5 (or above) in Music Theory, Practical Musicianship or a solo Jazz instrument. For full details including a list of accepted alternatives, see Regulation 1d.
Books for Grades 1 to 5 including exam pieces and studies.
Book for Grades 6–8 for Timpani and Snare Drum.
Book for Grades 6–8 including exam pieces across all Percussion subjects.
Books for Grades 1–5 and 6–8 for Tuned Percussion.
Books for Grades 1–5 and 6–8 across all Percussion subjects.