Latest exam updates

Exam refunds

To support customers affected by ongoing COVID restrictions, for Practical and Performance Grade exams from 1 January to 31 May 2021 any absent candidate will automatically receive a refund. This includes Performance Grades where the candidate has been unable to record and upload their video. You do not need to contact us to request a refund. However, it will help us if you can log in to your account and cancel the exam.

For Online Music Theory exams and any paper based exams taking place outside of the UK/Ireland we anticipate COVID restrictions will not prevent candidates from sitting their exam so absentee candidates will not automatically receive a refund and our normal Withdrawal, Non-attendance and Fee Refunds Policy still applies.

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) – the next exams will take place in June. Please note, dates and booking periods for Grades 1-5 and Grades 6-8 may be different from now on. For full details, see our dates and fees page.
  • 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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Performance Grade exams

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.

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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