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 the Music Education Council

The Music Education Council (MEC) brings together organisations and institutions in the UK involved in music education and music education training, creating opportunities for the exchange of information and the promotion of joint or connected activities.

As the umbrella body for music education organisations in the UK and the country's representative body for the International Society for Music Education (ISME) and other international organisations, MEC is uniquely placed to represent the sector. ABRSM is represented as part of the MEC Forum, which oversees and coordinates the work of the MEC Special Interest Groups and the Task and Finish Groups. Lincoln Abbotts, ABRSM's Executive Director: Strategic development, acts as a trustee.

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