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Practical Update 

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 due to COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel all Practical exams in Macau until further notice. This decision affects all 2020 bookings for Graded Music Exams, ARSM, Diploma, Choral Singing and Ensemble exams, but does not currently affect any bookings for Music Theory exams. Following this decision, we will process 100% refunds for all existing Practical exam bookings and our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course.

We are sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place. We are continuing to review when live Practical exams can resume in Macau and will offer them again at the earliest possible opportunity.

Our new remotely-assessed Performance Grades provide an alternative progression route for students during this period of disruption. The Performance Grades are equivalent to our Practical Grades in demand, recognition and value. They are based on the same repertoire and syllabuses, assessment criteria and quality assurance measures as our existing exams and will be assessed by the same highly trained examiners. Booking will open in Macau before the end of the year and you can record your video submission any time from now on. Find out more here.

Exam programmeExam programme and running order slips

Graded music exams

All candidates will be asked to complete an exam programme and running order slip before they go in to the exam room. Examiners and candidates have found this a quick and clear way of confirming the chosen pieces or songs and the order in which they will be performed.

These slips will be available at each exam venue and can be downloaded below to complete before the exam day.

ARSM exams

Candidates need to make sure they have completed a programme form, which they should give to the examiner at the start of the exam.

This form should contain the following information, presented in programme order:

  • the candidate’s name and (main) instrument
  • the list number, for pieces chosen from the repertoire list; own-choice repertoire can be marked with a dash ( – )
  • the composer name and, where applicable, the arranger’s/transcriber’s name
  • full information on each piece being performed, including:
    • the name of the piece/larger work
    • catalogue number, where available – Opus number, BWV for Bach, K. for Mozart, etc.
    • details of individual movements/sections
    • for own-choice repertoire, the edition used
  • for woodwind, brass and singing candidates, where the break (if planned) will be taken and its length
  • an approximate timing for each piece (broken down for individual movements/sections of larger works)
  • the overall programme length, which should include gaps between items and, where applicable, a longer break.

In cases where there isn’t enough room on the form, the programme information can be continued on a second form.

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