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 National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain

The National Children's Orchestras (NCO) exists to inspire children and young people from all backgrounds to achieve their full potential through learning and performing orchestral music.

It takes over 600 children into its programme each year and aims to ensure that all exceptional children aged 7-14 have an opportunity to access its programme, irrespective of financial means, background or location. This is delivered in part via a bursary scheme and also via their network of regional orchestras.

ABRSM supports the NCO's new vision for music education through the medium of orchestral experience. The NCO's evolving approach to children's musical development resonates with what we believe should be the foundation of future training programmes.

We support the belief that creativity and well-being of young players should be central to their musical experience. This pedagogical approach nurtures their skills and confidence, and gives them the agency to develop and to enjoy music in many different ways, regardless of genre or professional ambitions.

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