Latest exam updates

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) – we will not be offering these exams in March. The next exams at Grades 6 to 8 will be in June 2021.
  • 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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Remotely-assessed Performance Grades and ARSM 

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams is in February – for details see our dates and fees page.  

High Scorers' Concerts feature performances from an array of the UK’s most talented young musicians who have achieved high scores in their recent ABRSM Practical exams.

High Scorers’ Concerts give musicians the opportunity to share their achievements with a wider audience outside the exam room in a supportive and celebratory setting.

High Scorers' Concert

The first High Scorers’ Concerts were held in 1989 as part of ABRSM’s centenary celebrations. As we enter our 126th year, we now hold hundreds of concerts all over the world. Thousands of high scoring candidates have taken part and performed in front of an appreciative audience of teachers, parents, fellow students and other music enthusiasts.

Further details

For further information about High Scorers' Concerts, please contact your Honorary Local Representative. Use the #ABRSM_HSC hashtag to share your High Scorers’ Concert highlights with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Are you part of a group who would like to be trained to deliver our Music Medals assessments for younger learners taught in groups?

We can provide a free Music Medals training session to any group numbering over 25 people. Please fill in our form and we will be in touch.

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