Latest exam updates

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.

Working with Classic FM

ABRSM is the Partner in Music Education of the UK's most popular classical music station, Classic FM.

At the heart of the collaboration was the UK's biggest ever celebration of music teachers, as the two organisations joined forces for Classic FM's Music Teacher of the Year Awards 2017. The refreshed Awards culminated in Shine, hosted by ABRSM and Classic FM, to celebrate and reward teachers who have made a difference to their students' lives.

Supporting schools

ABRSM and Classic FM successfully collaborated on Classical 100, a free online resource for primary schools developed with Decca Records and supported by the Department for Education. Since its launch in November 2015, thousands of schools have signed up to use Classical 100 in classrooms around the UK. In 2018, we launched a new version with 100 activities to accompany the pieces.

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