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.

Watch our very first Global High Scorers’ Concert, organised by our International Representatives

Congratulations from all of us at ABRSM to the performers taking part in this very special High Scorers’ Concert.  These concerts are such a familiar part of the ABRSM world. For many years they have provided opportunities for communities to come together and celebrate the achievements and talents of their musicians as they develop and progress. In some ways, this concert is no different, in connecting people, sharing musical performances and providing inspiration and enjoyment for audience and participants alike.

But, of course, this concert is also very different.  It is our first ever Virtual Global High Scorer’s Concert.  It’s a concert featuring performers from many countries around the world with an audience that will no doubt stretch even further.  It’s a concert that demonstrates the spirit and adaptability of the ABRSM community – from representatives and teachers to learners and their families. And it’s a concert that shows how, with a little help from technology and lot of passion from people, music making will continue to thrive and flourish, no matter what the obstacles may be.

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