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.

Welcome to the Performance Grades ‘How To Hub’


This hub includes all of the essential information and step by step guides to help you with setting up, recording and submitting your video.
All content below is presented as written guidance (a PDF which you can save to your computer and/or print) and also video (via YouTube links) so that you can choose to learn through whichever format you prefer.
The marking criteria for Performance Grades, including how our examiners assess the performance as a whole, can be found here. You may also like to visit the FAQs page.



720p video resolution See 'Video resolution' (page 6) Watch video (00:00 – 00:36)
Accepted file formats: MP4, WMV, MOV, MPG See 'File size' (page 6) Watch video (00:36 – 01:05)
Camera position should show candidate and instrument (and accompanist if possible) See 'Camera position' (page 6) Watch video (00:00 – 00:40)
Video and audio should be recorded simultaneously See 'General recording requirements' (page 5) Watch video (01:05 – 01:44
Test the recording and sound works before starting your performance See 'Testing and trialling' (page 6) Watch video (01:13 – 01:33)
Check your device's storage and battery, and turn off any notifications before you begin See 'Testing and trialling' (page 6) Watch video (01:20 – 01:50)
Show your Candidate ID (Grades 6 – 8 and ARSM only) See 'Candidate identification' (page 8) Watch video (00:00 – 00:40)
Show your completed programme form See 'Programme form' (page 7) Watch video (00:40 – 02:23)
Show the first page of your own-choice piece See 'Own-choice music copy' (page 7) Watch video (02:23 – 03:00)
Announce your name, instrument and grade See 'Announcement' (page 7) Watch video (03:00 - 03:38)
Announce the title, composer and list information of your four pieces See 'Announcement' (page 7) Watch video (03:00 - 03:38)
Record all four pieces in one continuous take See 'Remote-assessment guidance' (page 4) Watch video (01:06 – 01:39)
Do not edit the video in any way and or apply any post-production techniques See 'General recording requirements' (page 5) Watch video (01:44 – end)
The video file should be no more than 2GB in size – you will need to compress larger files See 'File size' (page 6) Watch video (02:36 – 02:46)
Upload your video file via your online account and wait for on-screen confirmation of successful upload See 'Submitting the video recording and declarations' (page 8) Watch video (00:00 – end)
Finally, don’t forget:
  • Check the video all the way through to ensure sound and video are working
  • The file name must not contain any spaces and must not be blank, otherwise it will not upload successfully
  • Check the time and date that your recording is due to be submitted by

View the full guidance document and visit our Performance Grades YouTube playlist.

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