Latest exam updates

Performance Grade exams

We are now offering Performance Grade exams every month. 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. Please also read our terms and conditions here.

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.

New books and resources

Discovering Music Theory

A new series of graded workbooks and corresponding answer books that offer all-round preparation for our new online Music Theory exams at Grades 1 to 5.

These full-colour workbooks contain progressive exercises interspersed with timely explanations, tips and reminders, enabling learners to build up knowledge and understanding of music theory step by step. 

Take a look inside these new books:

Sample Papers

Music Theory Sample Papers and Music Theory Sample Model Answers are also available for the new style of exams at Grades 1 to 5.

Available from 8 October 2020. Pre-order your copies from ABRSM’s shop now.

You can find a list corrections to the first print run of Discovering Music Theory and the Sample Papers here. These corrections will be made in the next edition of these publications.

Free Sample Papers and Model Answers

To help candidates become familiar with the new question styles, free Sample Papers and Model Answers for Grades 1 to 5 are available.

More free resources

Here are some additional resources and reference guides to help you get familiar with the new question formats.

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