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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.

Exam programme

Programme forms and slips

Practical Grades

We do not require programme slips for face-to-face Practical Grades in the UK and Ireland between October and December 2020. Candidates should not complete these or bring them into the exam room.

Remotely-assessed Performance Grades

Candidates should complete a programme form and show it to the camera at the start of the video recording for approximately 5 seconds. Before completing the form please read the instructions in our Guidance for Remotely-assessed Performance Grade Exams available here.

ARSM

Candidates should complete a programme form and give this to the examiner at the start of face-to-face exams or show it to the camera for remotely-assessed exams. Before completing the form please read the instructions provided in the PDF below and on our ARSM pages.

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