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Practical Update 

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.

However, on the basis of official and local advice due to COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel all Practical exams in Macau until further notice. This decision affects all 2020 bookings for Graded Music Exams, ARSM, Diploma, Choral Singing and Ensemble exams, but does not currently affect any bookings for Music Theory exams. Following this decision, we will process 100% refunds for all existing Practical exam bookings and our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course.

We are sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place. We are continuing to review when live Practical exams can resume in Macau and will offer them again at the earliest possible opportunity.

Our new remotely-assessed Performance Grades provide an alternative progression route for students during this period of disruption. The Performance Grades are equivalent to our Practical Grades in demand, recognition and value. 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. Booking will open in Macau before the end of the year and you can record your video submission any time from now on. Find out more here.

How to book

Face-to-face practical exams and Grade 6 to 8 Music Theory exams

Candidates can take these exams at Public Venues provided by us or at Private Visits at an approved venue provided by the applicant/Visit Organiser.

Practical exams include: Practical Grades, ARSM, Prep Test and Performance Assessment. Grade 6 to 8 Music Theory are paper-based exams. (Grades 1 to 5 are available as an online exam only.)

Remotely-assessed exams

These include Performance Grades and ARSM as well as Grades 1 to 5 Music Theory, which are only available as an online exam. Candidates can take these exams in a location of their own choice as long as this meets the requirements stated in the relevant guidelines.

Our new online service

From booking exams to receiving results, find out what's new.

Creating your account

The first time you book exams using our online service you will need to register and create an accountFind out more here.

Who can book an exam?

Anyone aged 18 or over can book exams on behalf of candidates. This could be a teacher, parent/carer or member of staff at a school, music service or other organisation. Candidates aged 18 and over can book their own exams. The person who books the exam is known as the applicant.

Ways to book

We have a new online booking service for graded exams, ARSM, Prep Test and Performance Assessment. We are unable to accept postal bookings for these assessments.

For DipABRSM, LRSM and FRSM diplomas, and Choral Singing and Ensembles exams, you will need to book by post. You can download entry forms here.

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