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.

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Performance Grade booking

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

Access to pre-2020 exam records

We now have a completely new system supporting our new exam booking service. This allows us to offer a better service to teachers, learners and parents. However, our new system is not compatible with the old system, and we are unable to run them both together or provide access to previous records for customers.

We will continue to keep a record of all exams taken between 1994 and 2019. However, you will no longer have access to this information via your online account.

If you need information about pre-2020 exam entries, please contact us. We can provide information relating to individual candidates through our confirmation of marks service.

We will create a new record of all exams taken from January 2020 in our online booking service. Applicants will be able to view these details when they log in to their ABRSM account. Candidates (parents/carers) who have set up an account will also be able to log in to view details of all their exams taken from January 2020 onwards.

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