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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.

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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