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.

For more information click here.

Performance Grade exams

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check here for dates and fees. 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.

Violin Scales Trainer

Have fun with scales!

Scales TrainerViolin Scales Trainer transforms the way you learn scales and arpeggios for Violin Grades 1 to 5. It contains everything your students need to develop their learning and appreciation of scales whilst injecting fun into practice sessions.

Simply download the app, select your instrument and grade and you’re ready to begin your scales practice.

What is Violin Scales Trainer?

Violin Scales Trainer is an iOS app for teachers and learners to increase their fluency with ABRSM scales and arpeggios requirements. It has been designed to tackle the boredom and repetitiveness often associated with typical scales practice.

Developed by ABRSM, this useful tool features a variety of fun musical challenges to help users learn scales and prepare effectively for our exams. Using unique and creative workouts, it helps build confidence playing scales and arpeggios from memory and improve overall technique.

How can I use Violin Scales Trainer?

Scales TrainerViolin Scales Trainer is a flexible tool that can be used by learners at home or by teachers and students together in lessons. Its interactive nature means you can play along with your instrument and develop your skills effectively as you practise.

Within the app you can refer to notation and listen to example performances of every scale and arpeggio at Grades 1 to 5. What’s more, throughout the app you can listen to or play scales at exam tempo or choose to slow them down or speed them up as you increase in confidence.

You might find the app useful to track your progress and monitor which scales you need to focus on. By recording your scales and arpeggios, and comparing them to examples, you’re encouraged to listen and reflect critically, rate your practice and keep an eye on your progress.

Most importantly, the app can be used to inject fun into practice and celebrate the importance of scales in relation to making music. Use the on-board Scales Trainer band to perform your scales and arpeggios along to a variety of accompaniment styles!

Finally, a built-in quiz function allows you to take a break from routine practice and test yourself randomly on ABRSM requirements for your grade.

 

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