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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.

If you choose to use a CD accompaniment for your ABRSM Jazz exam here are a few points to remember on the day.

  • Make sure that your CD player is reliable and easy to use.
  • There will only be one 13 amp socket in the exam room.
  • Make sure the CD player has a long mains lead and that it is close to the music stand.
  • Remember to bring the correct CD.
  • Make sure that the CD is clean and unscratched.
  • Take a note of your track numbers into the room – you will see them on the top left-hand corner of the first page of each tune.
  • Track 16 is the tuning track.
  • Remember to play the track with the ‘minus one’ version and not the one with the full performance.
  • Remember to adjust the volume before you go in and make any small adjustments to the balance in the exam room if you need to.
  • Remember to press the stop button at the end of each tune!

MP3 players

If you have transferred your CD accompaniment on to an MP3 player for your ABRSM Jazz exam, here are a few points to remember on the day.

  • Bring the correct CD with you. Even though you won’t be using it to provide the accompaniment to your performance, it is still necessary to bring it for copyright reasons (to prove that you own a copy of the CD).
  • Make sure that your MP3 player (with speakers) is reliable and easy to use.
  • There will only be one 13 amp socket in the exam room.
  • Make sure your MP3 player/speakers has a long mains lead and that it is close to the music stand.
  • Take a note of your track numbers into the room – you will see them on the top left-hand corner of the first page of each tune.
  • Track 16 is the tuning track.
  • Remember to play the track with the ‘minus one’ version and not the one with the full performance.
  • Remember to adjust the volume before you go in and make any small adjustments to the balance in the exam room if you need to.
  • Remember to press the stop button at the end of each tune!

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