Latest exam updates

Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – we will not be offering these exams in March. The next exams at Grades 6 to 8 will be in June 2021.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

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Remotely-assessed Performance Grades and ARSM 

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams is in February – for details see our dates and fees page.  

Performance Grades discount

Claiming your 15% discount

We are pleased to extend an introductory 15% discount on the full fee for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams booked in January 2021. To claim your 15% discount, just enter the following discount code when you book exams.


You will be prompted to enter the code when you make a booking using our new online service. You can find full booking instructions in our PDF guide - How to book a remotely-assessed Performance Grade or ARSM exam – available under Key Documents here.

This offer is valid on the purchase of full priced exams only and can only be used on bookings made between 7 January 2021 and midnight (GMT) on 31 January 2021 (this includes any late entries made after 13 January). The discount is subject to availability and ABRSM reserves the right to end the discount at any time. The discount code must be entered at the time of booking – it cannot be applied at a later date for any reason, and no cash alternative can be offered.

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