Latest exam updates

Performance Grades: Less than 24 hours remaining to book a June Performance Grade.

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.

Performance Grades discount: system error

We currently have an error in our systems relating to discount codes. When you add the code your order summary will show that 15% has been added to the total, not taken away. However, the 15% discount will be applied to your booking and the correct total will appear at the top of the next screen before you pay. We're working to fix this and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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.

Remotely-assessed exams

When you book remotely-assessed Performance Grade or ARSM exams you can: 

Choose your exam submission date

  • When you book your exams you will be able to choose dates from a list of options.
  • The date your choose will be the last date you can submit the exam video recording.

Change exam submission dates online

  • Once the booking period has closed and we have confirmed the exam schedule, you can go online to change an exam submission date, if space is available.
  • You can do this up to 48 hours (two full days) before the exam date.

What you need to know

Booking periods for exams

  • The booking period is when you can book exams for the forthcoming exam session. Each booking period has an ‘opening date’ as well as a ‘closing date’.

Book early for more choice of exam submission dates

  • For the widest choice of dates, please book your exams as soon as the booking period opens. The earlier you book the more choice you will have.

Late booking

  • Once the booking period has closed and timetables are confirmed, it may be possible to make late bookings for Performance Grades exams, if space is available.

What about online Music Theory exams?

  • All Music Theory exams will continue to take place on set dates.
  • We are unable to accept late bookings for Music Theory exams.

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