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.

Candidate Identification Policy

This policy details our requirements for candidates to provide a form of photographic identification when taking selected examinations.

The full list of qualifications affected by this policy can be found here.

There are two different Candidate Identification Forms, that can be downloaded below, and used instead of formal photo ID by candidates completing graded music exams. Please download the form which applies to the exam you are taking:

Music Theory (in person), Practical, Performance, Practical Musicianship, Diploma exams: Candidate ID Form

Music Theory (online): Candidate ID Form (Online Music Theory)

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