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Performance Grades: Booking for June Performance Grades is open now until 13 May.

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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.

Performance Grades discount: system error

We currently have an error in our systems relating to discount codes. When you add the code your order summary will show that 15% has been added to the total, not taken away. However, the 15% discount will be applied to your booking and the correct total will appear at the top of the next screen before you pay. We're working to fix this and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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.

New CEO unveils plans to put candidates first with ‘anytime, anywhere’ exams

4 months ago

New CEO unveils plans to put candidates first with ‘anytime, anywhere’ exams

ABRSM’s new Chief Executive has announced plans to extend the organisation’s digital transformation and build the music examination experience around the needs and preferences of candidates as he took up his post.

Former Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of London, Chris Cobb, said he wanted to explore development of exams which candidates could take when, and where, they wanted, and which let them take incremental steps towards completing their grades.

He also plans to extend ABRSM’s international reach, develop new support for music teachers and explore new ways of harnessing the organisation’s partnership with the four Royal schools of Music.

Mr Cobb, a computer scientist, said: “The key for me is for ABRSM to become more candidate centred so we are ready to examine a candidate when the candidate is ready to be examined, rather than when we’re ready to examine them. My mantra will be anytime, anywhere.

“I’d also like to give candidates choices over the mode of their examination (digital or physical) and to provide educational support and incremental steps towards achieving their grade Ultimately, we all want candidates to succeed, we want to inspire their progression and for them to be able to demonstrate their musicality and musicianship in multiple ways.”

Mr Cobb, who took over from Michael Elliott on January 1st, said ABRSM’s greatest strengths included the calibre of staff and power of the 132-year-old brand.

He added: “I can’t begin to describe how proud and privileged I am to be leading ABRSM through the transformation ahead.

“At the heart of it all, will be the music, and you’ll be seeing and hearing an ever richer variety of music from an increasingly diverse community of composers included in our syllabuses and publications as we move forward.”


Read Chris Cobb’s first blog as ABRSM CEO here.

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