Latest exam updates

Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – we will not be offering these exams in March. The next exams at Grades 6 to 8 will be in June 2021.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing.

For more information click here.

Remotely-assessed Performance Grades and ARSM 

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams is in February – for details see our dates and fees page.  

Candidate Identification Policy

This policy details our requirements for candidates to provide a form of photographic identification when taking selected examinations, as well as the list of qualifications affected by the policy.

A Candidate Identification Form can be used instead of formal photo ID by candidates completing ABRSM exams. A form for Music Theory exams taken in person, and for all practical, Performance, Practical Musicianship and Diploma exams can downloaded here. A form for Online Music Theory exams can be downloaded here.

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