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) – 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.

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Performance Grade booking

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Exact dates will be announced soon. Please check here for more information.

All exam bookings 

New candidate details when you book

When you book exams using our new booking service, we will ask for some new candidate information.

Candidate date of birth 

  • When you book an exam for a candidate you will need to provide their date of birth. You will not be able to complete your booking without this information as we need it to identify candidates in our system.

Candidate (parent/carer) email address 

  • Providing an email address for the candidate is compulsory for remotely-assessed Performance Grades and ARSM and for online Music Theory exams.
  • Providing a candidate's email address will allow them to easily set up an account. With an account they can go online to view exam information, change exam dates and access their results and mark forms seven days after we release them to the applicant.

Contact ID – provided by us

  • We will provide all candidates with a unique Contact ID, once a booking has been made for them using the new exam booking service. The Contact ID will appear on all future exam information relating to that candidate.

New candidate account option

Candidates (parents/carers), who are not the exam applicant, have the option to set up their own ABRSM account in the candidate’s name. With an account they can go online to:

  • Check exam appointments and venue information.
  • Change practical appointments at Public Venues and change Performance Grade exam submission dates.
  • View results, including their digital mark form for practical and Performance Grades, seven days after we release them to the exam applicant.

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