Latest exam updates

Exam refunds

To support customers affected by ongoing COVID restrictions, for Practical and Performance Grade exams from 1 January to 31 May 2021 any absent candidate will automatically receive a refund. This includes Performance Grades where the candidate has been unable to record and upload their video. You do not need to contact us to request a refund. However, it will help us if you can log in to your account and cancel the exam.

For Online Music Theory exams and any paper based exams taking place outside of the UK/Ireland we anticipate COVID restrictions will not prevent candidates from sitting their exam so absentee candidates will not automatically receive a refund and our normal Withdrawal, Non-attendance and Fee Refunds Policy still applies.

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) – the next exams will take place in June. Please note, dates and booking periods for Grades 1-5 and Grades 6-8 may be different from now on. For full details, see our dates and fees page.
  • 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. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

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Performance Grade exams

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. 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 using our online service. Please also read our discount information and terms and conditions here.

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New Woodwind Syllabus coming soon

3 years ago


On 6 July we’ll be launching a new Woodwind Syllabus featuring refreshed repertoire for Flute, Clarinet, Saxophones, Recorders, Oboe and Bassoon.
You’ll find a wider choice of pieces than ever before, with syllabus favourites alongside famous classical tunes, music form the world of film, TV and musical, and much more. We’ve also revised the sight-reading and scale and arpeggio requirements to ensure that these important elements of the exam encourage and support progression, while reflecting the needs and everyday experiences of teachers and students. We will be publishing a wide range of books to support the syllabus. These include:

  • Exam Pieces – available for Flute and Clarinet at Grades 1 to 7, and for the first time, Saxophones at Grades 1 to 5
  • NEW Exam Packs – bringing together exam pieces, scales and arpeggios, and sight-reading material in one place, available for Flute, Clarinet and Saxophones at Grades 1 to 5
  • Recordings of selected exam pieces available as audio downloads
  • New Scales & Arpeggios books and new Sight-reading books for all woodwind instruments

The new Woodwind Syllabus, books and resources will be available in July for use in exams from 1 January 2018. The usual overlap period will apply for pieces from the old syllabus, but the new scales and sight-reading will come into effect for everyone from 1 January onwards. Read about the new Woodwind Syllabus changes, books and resources: www.abrsm.org/newwoodwind

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