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.

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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.  

We’ve chosen our new woodwind repertoire to inspire learners and support teaching. There’s a wide range of exciting music for you to discover.

Find out how educator and ABRSM examiner Louise Matthew works with her pupils on a series of interactive games using the new repertoire.

Watch the first episode below to see the children’s reaction to some of the music.


Children draw and share what comes to mind as they listen to the music.


In this game, children take on the role of music editor and explore the dynamics of a flute piece “Can-Can”.


A short video about what to expect on the exam day.

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