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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.

Performance Grade exams

We are pleased to confirm that 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.

Cancellations and amendments

If you know in advance that a candidate can't make their practical exam appointment, you can log in to look for an alternative slot and change their appointment. You can do this up to 48 hours before the exam date. If it is less than 48 hours before the exam date, any cancellation will be subject to our Withdrawals, Non-attendance and Fee Refund Policy.

We cannot offer alternative dates for Music Theory exams. Please see our Withdrawals, Non-attendance and Fee Refund Policy.

For practical and Music Theory exams at Public Venues and Music Theory exams at Private Visits, if you cancel an exam during the booking period or within 14 days of the date when the exam booking was made, we will automatically refund the fee. For practical exams at Private Visits, if you can cancel an exam more than 28 days before the visit start date we will automatically refund the fee. All other cancellations are be subject to our Withdrawals, Non-attendance and Fee Refund Policy.

To cancel an exam, log in and click ‘Booking details’ to view the relevant booking. You will see a list of candidates/exams with a bin icon at the end of each line. Click on the relevant bin icon to cancel a candidate’s exam.

You cannot amend candidate details once you have booked and paid for their exam on the online service. However, if the booking period is still open you can log in, cancel the candidate's exam, and then re-book with the correct details. If you cancel an exam during the booking period you will receive an automatic refund. If the booking period is closed you will need to contact us about the amendments.

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