Latest exam updates

Performance Grade exams

We are now offering Performance Grade exams every month. Please check here for dates and fees. We are extending the introductory 15% discount for these exams so that it applies to all remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams in 2021. Just enter code ABPG15MO when you book. Please also read our terms and conditions here.

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.

We are committed to ensuring that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in our organisation or any of our supply chains. To help us identify and mitigate risks of slavery and human trafficking, we have the following protections in place:

  • Rigorously vetting new agents, contractors and suppliers before placing contracts with them, including taking references for all new suppliers
  • Obtaining assurance from existing suppliers that they abide by the new legislation and have checks in place for their own supply chains
  • Ensuring that our paper and materials are ethically and sustainably sourced
  • Complying with requirements to achieve a Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) SKA rating, which requires office fit out materials to be sourced ethically and in an environmentally sustainable way
  • Using reputable agencies to source hotels for international travel and events
  • Thoroughly vetting and training all representatives (globally) and only engaging reputable organisations or individuals to act on our behalf
  • Only using reputable agencies to provide staff or services and ensuring that those staff are paid the national minimum wage, as a minimum
  • Complying with best practice when recruiting and employing staff
  • Establishing clear and effective lines of communication with our international representatives, and with examiners and staff travelling overseas, which they can use to report any concerns – we always act promptly on any feedback

This statement was approved by ABRSM's Governing Body on 29 November 2018 and will be reviewed annually.

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