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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.

This page includes information about:

  • Practical exam appointments at Public Venues
  • How to change an exam appointment
  • Music Theory exams

For information about practical Private Visit timetables and appointments click here.

Practical exam appointments at Public Venues

During the booking period you can choose exam dates and venues from a list of available options before booking and paying for your exams. Once the booking period has closed and we have finalised the timetables, we will email applicants, and candidates (parents/carers) who have an account, to let them know they can log in to view their confirmed exam appointments including the time. Once appointments are confirmed, you can log in to your account at any time to view your exam bookings and check date, time and venue information.

For information about making a late booking once the booking period has closed click here.

Changing practical appointments at Public Venues

Once appointment times have been confirmed applicants, and candidates (parents/carers) with an account, can log in to their account to change an appointment. Alternative appointments are offered subject to availability.

You can change an appointment up to 48 hours before the exam date. You will only be able to view alternative appointment slots that are more than 48 hours ahead and that are equal to or longer than the length of your exam. For example, if your exam appointment is 15 minutes long, you will only be able to see alternative appointments of 15 minutes or more. Once you’ve found a suitable alternative appointment, you can move the candidate into the new slot.

You can only reschedule one exam at a time and we are unable to transfer access arrangements to a rescheduled appointment. If a candidate has access arrangements booked, please consider this carefully before changing their appointment.

Practical exams at Private Visits

Once the booking period has closed we will email the Visit Organiser, any Permitted Applicants, and candidates (parents/carers) who have an account, to let them know they can log in to view their appointments.

For information about making late bookings once a Private Visit has been confirmed click here.

Music Theory exams

Music Theory exams take place on set dates and times.

Once the booking period has closed we will email applicants, and candidates (parents/carers) with an account, to let them know that they can log in to view their confirmed exam details.

 

How to reschedule a practical Public Venue exam

Once we’ve confirmed your exam appointments you can log in to your account and search for alternative appointments.

  • Log in and click ‘Booking details’ to view your booking.
  • You’ll see a list of candidates/exams with a clock icon at the end of each line.
  • Click on a clock icon to search for an alternative appointment.
  • You’ll only see appointment slots that are more than 48 hours (two full days) ahead and that are equal to or longer than the length of the exam.
  • Once you’ve found a suitable alternative appointment, you can select it for the candidate.
Candidate accounts

Candidates with an account can log in to view their confirmed exam appointments and change practical appointments at Public Venues. Candidates can register and create their own account or parents/carers can do this on their behalf. The account must be registered in the candidate’s name. Find out more about candidate accounts.

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