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.

For more information click here.

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.

Playing On Again

with ABRSM Executive director Lincoln Abbotts

The emergence of COVID-19 last year reminded us all of the incredible power of music to help us through extraordinary times.

As schools closed and face-to-face exams were cancelled, ABRSM was proud to step forward to help musicians around the world Play On through the ideas, resources and encouragement offered on these pages.

We know you appreciated it too. There were incredible 300,000 visits to the platform and it hosted some fantastic musical moments like our Making Music Day ensemble performance featuring 700 players from around the world.

If you aren’t already a regular visitor we hope you will make Play On an online home during the continuing challenges of these times. Whether you’re a teacher, parent or musician it is here to help you learn, teach and share music.

There’s loads of fantastic stuff – ideas, tips, resources and fun – already on the site and we’ll be adding even more over the coming weeks so, join us, keeping checking for updates, join in our fantastic new weekly Musical Moments at 4pm every Thursday, and, above all, Play On!

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