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. Exact dates will be announced soon. Please check here for more information. 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.

Performance Grades - Frequently Asked Questions

遙距評核純演奏考試

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You can use an upright, grand or digital piano. A digital piano should have a clearly recognisable piano tone (a single piano ‘voice’ should be used throughout), a touch-sensitive keyboard with full-size weighted keys, and an action, compass and facilities that match those of a conventional acoustic piano, including pedals where needed for the chosen repertoire. Pieces may not be altered to suit an instrument (e.g reduced-sized keyboard) and you should take care when choosing repertoire as certain effects cannot be achieved on all digital pianos. While examiners may be aware of particular attributes of an instrument, they will always base their assessment on the overall musical outcome, using our published marking criteria.

你可以用直身鋼琴、三角琴或數碼鋼琴。數碼鋼琴需要有清楚可辨識的鋼琴聲音(由始至終需要用單一的鋼琴聲音’),全尺寸有重感琴鍵的觸鍵感應鍵盤,以及琴鎚動作、音域和設備需要相當於傳統原聲鋼琴,如考曲需要,應配備踏板裝置。樂曲不能因應樂器而作出改動(例如:鍵盤音域有限)。由於數碼鋼琴不能做到某些效果,你必須小心選擇曲目。雖然考官可能會留意到某些樂器的條件,但他們仍會沿用我們已出版的評分標準,以整體音樂效果為基礎去作評核。

Definitely not! We are offering these remotely-assessed, Performance Grades as an additional, alternative way for learners to achieve a graded music exam. We will begin offering our existing Practical Grades again as soon as circumstances allow us to do this safely and in line with government guidance. This will vary from territory to territory and we will provide updates when we have more information to share. 

肯定不會!我們提供遙距評核等級演奏考試是作為學習者多一個考級的選擇。我們將盡快按照政府的安全指引下恢復現行的等級術科考試。由於各地區情況有異,當我們收到有關訊息將盡快提供最新資訊。

This will depend on whether social distancing is still required or not. If social distancing has been lifted, or relaxed enough, our standard accompaniment requirements will apply. This means that all pieces/songs that are published with an accompaniment must be performed with a live accompaniment. Recorded accompaniments of any kind will not be allowed. You can find full guidance in the Performance Grade syllabuses.

這取決於是否有社交距離的限制。如果社交距離條例已被解除或適度的放寬,我們會保持對伴奏要求的標準。即是,任何樂曲或歌曲的出版如配有伴奏是必須要有現場伴奏演出。任何錄製的伴奏是不會被接納的。你可以在等級演奏考試綱目找到全面的指引。

If social distancing requirements are in place, we will accept the following:

如果有社交距離限制,我們會接受以下情況:

  • Live accompaniment (including adapted for another instrument) if someone is available to provide this 如果有人能夠提供現場伴奏(包括改編給其他樂器)
  • Unaccompanied performance with short rests ‘played’ as written and several consecutive bars’ rest shortened. 無伴奏演奏,短的休止會按譜‘演奏’,而連續幾小節的休止可縮短。
  • Live accompaniment using video conferencing software such as Skype or Zoom 以視像會議軟件如Skype 或Zoom現場伴奏
  • Pre-recorded accompaniment or commercial backing track 預先錄製的伴奏或商業背景音軌
  • A mix of the above approaches 混合使用以上不同方法
  • In addition, singers have the option to accompany themselves. 此外,歌手可以選擇自彈自唱。

Yes – our Performance Grades and the certificates we award will have the same value as our existing grades. They are equivalent in demand, but with a different emphasis. They are based on the same repertoire and syllabuses, assessment criteria and quality assurance measures as our existing exams and will be assessed by the same highly-trained examiners.  

是 - 我們的等級演奏考試及其所獲頒授的證書將與現行的等級考試地位相同。它們要求的水準相等,但重點有異。兩個考試是基於同一套曲目、考試綱目、評分標準及質量保證,與現行的考試一樣,均由受嚴格訓練的考官作評核。

Candidates will achieve success in our performance-focused grades by demonstrating a set of skills taking in performance, communication, interpretation and delivery. They need to achieve their best from their pieces and deliver a sustained performance of a programme that they have devised while showing focus, stamina and effective musical communication across a range of repertoire.

要成功通過純演奏考試 ,考生須展示一系列的技術包括演奏、音樂傳達、演繹和技巧實現。他們須要通過持續演奏一套自己設定的節目,在不同的曲目中表現出專注力、耐力和有效的音樂傳達以達至最佳表現。

Yes, Performance Grades 6 to 8 will attract the same UCAS point as our Practical Grades at these levels.

會。六至八級的等級演奏考試會與等級術科考試獲得相同的UCAS分數。

It has always been part of our long-term plan to widen our range of qualifications and to provide learners with greater choice in terms of what they present for assessment, and how that assessment takes place. The coronavirus pandemic prompted us to speed up our plans to offer an additional set of graded exams that focus on performance. We have also ensured that they can be assessed remotely through the submission of a recording. 

我們一直有意在長線計劃中擴闊資歷範圍及研究提供更多不同的選擇,包括評核的內容以及評核的方式予學習者。新冠狀病毒疫情趨使我們加速這計劃,提供多一個純演奏的考級選擇。我們保證考生可以透過提供視頻錄影參加遙距評核。

These performance-focused exams are not a temporary measure and do not replace our existing grades. Instead, they provide an additional way to motivate and inspire learners that gives credit for performance skills. 

純演奏考試並不只是一個臨時措施,亦不會取代現行的級試。反之,它提供了激勵和啟發專注演奏技術的學習者多一個選擇。

For the exam candidates choose and perform four pieces/songs, presented as a continuous programme: at least three pieces from our existing syllabus (one from each list) and one piece of the candidate’s own choice. The own choice piece can be another item from the syllabus at the same grade or from any other published source, as long as the level of difficulty is the same. Full programming requirements, including timings, are given in the relevant syllabus.

在此考試中,考生需要選擇及演奏四首樂曲/歌曲,以一個完整的節目表演出來。當中最少三首樂曲是從該年的考試綱目中選出來(每組選一首),再加上一首考生的自選曲。自選曲可以選同級考試曲目中的其他作品,也可以是其他程度相同已出版的作品。完整的節目要求,包括時間,會在有關的考綱中列明。

Candidates present their pieces in the order they choose and without a break, to create a whole performance that demonstrates their musical tastes, strengths and personality.

考生可以選擇樂曲的次序,不間斷的演奏以構成一個完整的表演去展示他們的音樂品味、實力與個性。

Candidates will need to make a continuous video recording of their exam performance and submit this to us for marking by our examiner panel.

考生需要將其考試表演錄製成一個連貫的視頻交由我們的考官作評核。

The exams will be marked by members of our highly-trained panel of examiners – the same examiners who assess all our existing Practical Grades and ARSM exams.

考試會由受嚴格訓練的考官評核,是跟現行的等級術科考試和ARSM考試的考官相同。

As with our Practical Grades, a total of 150 marks will be available overall. The four pieces/songs will be marked individually with a maximum of 30 marks for each item. A further 30 marks are then available for the ‘performance as a whole’. Examiners will use our established criteria to mark the pieces – assessing pitch, time, tone, shape and performance. There will then be a separate set of marks for the ‘performance as a whole’, based on similar assessment criteria to those used in our ARSM Diploma Exam. You can find the full assessment criteria in the qualification specification.

跟現行等級術科考試一樣,總分會是150分。四首樂曲各佔30分,而另外30分會是評核整體演出。考官會用我們已制定的評分標準為每首樂曲評分,考核音高、節拍、音色、輪廓和表現。整體演出會是另外一個分數,這是基於與ARSM純演奏文憑考試相類似的評分標準。你可以在資歷說明找到完整的評分標準。

The exams will be available initially in the UK and Ireland from the Autumn. We will be gradually rolling out Performance Grades internationally, starting before the end of 2020. We will provide updates by email, on our website and through our social channels as soon as we have more to share on availability.

這考試將率先於秋季在英國及愛爾蘭舉行。我們將於2020年底前陸續把考試推展到其他國家。我們將盡快以電郵、我們的網站及透過其他社交渠道發放最新的資訊。

The exams will be available initially in the UK and Ireland from the autumn. We will be gradually rolling out Performance Grades internationally, starting before the end of 2020. We are working as quickly as possible to finalise dates and make these exams available to candidates, while also making sure they meet our own high standards and those of our regulators.

這考試將於秋季率先在英國及愛爾蘭舉行。我們將於2020年底前陸續把等級演奏考試推展到其他國家。我們正努力盡快確定考期以便盡早供考生參加,同時我們亦致力確保考試能保持一貫的高水平及符合監控標準。

As these exams form a permanent part of our long-term plan to widen our support for teachers and learners, it’s vital that they match our existing qualifications in terms of quality, rigour and high standards. Achieving this has added some time to the development process, but we believe it’s worth it to ensure we provide the best exam experience for candidates and a qualification that they can be proud of. We recognise the trust placed in us to offer exams that have integrity and that fulfil our reputation as the leading music awarding organisation whose graded exams are used by teachers around the world.

由於此考試將會成為我們長遠擴闊支援老師與學習者計劃的一個永久部份,確保其與現行的資歷相符,保持我們一貫的素質、嚴謹度和高水平是極為關鍵。要能達到如此,發展需時,但我們深信這是值得的,因為我們要保證能為考生提供最佳的考試經驗及一個他們值得驕傲的資歷。我們理解我們的考試備受全球老師推崇,對於我們提供的考試得到尊重和信任,我們務必保持我們在音樂授憑機構中的領導地位及聲譽。

We’ve created our Performance Grades to offer an alternative to our existing Practical Grades. All our exams are designed to offer a framework for motivating and recognising achievement, rather than a curriculum for teaching. With these exams we are giving teachers and learners another option, and the flexibility to choose an exam that works for them.

我們締造等級演奏考試是在現行等級術科考試以外多一個選擇。我們的考試是設計一個框架去激勵及認可成就,而不是一個教學課程。這些考試給予老師和學習者多一個選擇,好讓他們有彈性地選擇合適的考試。

We still believe that learners should develop a wide range of skills to provide a foundation for musical performance and help them to grow as musicians. These skills include those assessed through our technical, sight-reading and aural tests: technical agility, responding to notation, and hearing and understanding how music works. We will always encourage and support the development of these skills through our books, resources, apps and teacher development work.

我們仍然相信學習者需要發展一系列廣泛的技術作為音樂演奏的基礎好讓他們發展成音樂家。這些技術包括技巧、視奏和聽音都通過技術靈敏度、對樂譜的感應及聆聽與理解音樂原理中被評核。我們將一直透過書籍、不同的資源、程式和教師發展工作去鼓勵及支援這些技術的發展。

We also know that all teachers have their own approaches and will continue to build technical, sight-reading and aural skills into their lessons in the way that best suits their students. When it comes to the ABRSM exam, they can now choose between one that assesses these skills individually in different sections and one that assesses them holistically by focusing entirely on performance. Strengths in these core areas of musical skill will still be of enormous benefit and will positively affect the musical outcome in the exam.

我們亦認為老師們會在課堂中用最合適學生的方法持續地發展技巧、視奏和聽音技術。而當學生參與英皇考試時,他們現在可以在分開不同部份評核技術及以演奏為重心全面地評核的兩種考試中作選擇。音樂技術中核心範疇的能力依然有其無限裨益,而且會正面地影響考試的音樂成果。

Not yet. We expect to be able to offer Performance Grades for Jazz subjects (Grades 1 to 5) from a date to be announced in 2021.

還未可以。我們預計等級爵士演奏考試(一至五級)將於在2021年供考,日期容後公布

Yes. Alongside Performance Grade exams at Grades 1 to 8, we will be offering a remotely-assessed ARSM exam with the same syllabus and requirements as our current ARSM.

可以。除了一至八級等級演奏考試外,我們亦提供遙距評核ARSM考試,考綱和要求與現行的ARSM相同

For a candidate to be able to upload the exam they must know their contact ID (as per the booking) and have registered their online account. If it is the candidate’s first exam, then a new Contact ID will be created at the time of booking. The applicant should enter the Candidate’s email address (or one belonging to a parent/carer) during the booking process. We will then send an email prompting the candidate (or parent/carer) to register their new account in their (the candidate’s) name. This will give them access to the booking made on their behalf and the upload process. If the applicant is using an existing Contact ID for the candidate, the applicant must check with the candidate that they know their contact ID and that the account has been registered so that they have access to the entry and the upload process.

We normally require live accompaniment, as detailed in the relevant syllabuses. However, while social distancing requirements are in place, we are offering flexibility to singers and instrumentalists who must usually have an accompanist (or duet partner) on the day of their exam. There are a number of options available, which we will accept for remotely-assessed exams until at least 31 January 2021. Arrangements beyond this date are subject to review. Check our ‘Special COVID-19 arrangements for accompaniment in remotely-assessed exams’ (PDF)

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