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.

Graded Music Exams Fee Payment Policy

ABRSM expects payment to be made at the time of entry in one of two ways: 

  • By credit/debit card for online entries 
  • By single cheque with a paper entry form for postal entries

Exception can be made for UK music services, school or college entries in the following circumstances: 

Music services with prior agreement

  • All entries must be made using a music services single applicant number 
  • Music services should contact ABRSM no later than five working days before the online closing date

ABRSM will offer:

  • The option to enter online but to send payment by cheque or BACs transfer within seven days  
  • The option to enter online and receive an invoice from ABRSM  
  • To confirm any arrangement to the applicant’s email address

Schools/colleges with prior agreement who: 

  • Enter at least 10 candidates each term 
  • Make entries on an applicant number registered to the school/college and at the school/college address  
  • Contact ABRSM no later than five working days before the online closing date

ABRSM will offer: 

  • The option to enter online but to send payment by cheque within seven days  
  • The option to enter online and receive an invoice from ABRSM 
  • To confirm the arrangement to the Applicant’s email address 

From 21 March 2018 and until further notice, this facility is not available to new users. This includes applicants who have used this policy previously but no longer have the payment function disabled on their account.


  • Invoices will be generated following the closing date of each session and sent to the applicant by post 
  • Immediate payment of invoices is required 
  • If a purchase order number is required the applicant must provide this at the time of entry
  • If an invoice needs to be posted to an alternative address this information must be provided by the applicant at the time of entry

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that full payment is received by ABRSM before the exam date and if this is not the case results may be delayed. 

Please note that this policy applies to Graded Music Exams only. ABRSM's decisions are final.

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