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Guidelines for candidates with learning difficulties or physical or sensory impairments

Our policy

Each year ABRSM examines candidates with a huge range of different needs and abilities. Because our candidates’ needs differ so widely we treat each person individually, considering their needs in terms of physical access to the exam room; extra time; alternative tests; alternative formats; visual aids; communication aids and so on.

Please remember, it is important to notify us of your candidate’s needs at the time of entry for an exam, both by using the relevant code on the entry form and by enclosing a covering letter, or email sent to the Access Coordinator.

Guidelines

ARSM exams

ARSM involves no supporting tests, or anything which requires candidates to respond to questions from the examiner, so extra-time allowances are not normally needed. However, if a candidate has access requirements that the examiner should be aware of, please contact our Access Co-ordinator at the time of entry with the relevant details. We will then liaise with the applicant, the examiner and the exam venue to ensure that all appropriate arrangements are made.

Applicants are also welcome to contact the Access Co-ordinator before making an entry, for further information or to discuss arrangements.

Deaf and hearing-impaired candidates are welcome to bring a sign-language interpreter. We do not need prior notification of this.

Specific needs codes (UK & Ireland)

Deaf and hearing impaired

Code

Description

Adjustment

Practical

Theory

S

Alternative Aural Test
For candidates who may not hear pitch clearly

5 minutes extra

N/A

V

Candidate using a sign language interpreter

5 minutes extra

N/A

Z

Candidate using a sign language interpreter and alternative aural tests

10 minutes extra

N/A

Blind and partially sighted

Code

Description

Adjustment

Practical

Theory

B

Braille Memory tests
For blind candidates that require a Braille version of the sight-reading test

Grades 1–3:
8 minutes
Grades 4 & 5:
13 minutes
Grades 6 & 7:
18 minutes
Grade 8:
23 minutes

N/A

Braille Music Theory paper
For blind candidates that require a Braille version of the Theory paper

N/A

Grades 1–3:
30 minutes
Grades 4 & 5:
40 minutes
Grades 6–8:
60 minutes

R

Aural repetition test
For blind or visually impaired candidates, or those with processing difficulties, who are unable to read music

5 minutes extra

N/A

L

Large notation sight-reading test
For visually impaired candidates
(Notation is enlarged by 200%)

5 minutes extra (up to 3 minutes for sight-reading and 2 minutes general)

N/A

Large notation theory test paper
For visually impaired candidates
(Theory paper is enlarged by 200%)

N/A

N/A

P

Modified staff notation sight-reading test
For candidates who require specially modified, non-standard prepared notation

5 minutes extra

N/A

T

Modified staff notation memory test

Grades 1–3:
8 minutes
Grades 4 & 5:
13 minutes
Grades 6 & 7:
18 minutes
Grade 8:
23 minutes

N/A

A

Extra time and an amanuensis
For candidates who require a scribe or reader

N/A

Grades 1–3:
30 minutes
Grades 4 & 5:
40 minutes
Grades 6–8:
60 minutes

Dyslexia, dyspraxia and other learning difficulties

Code

Description

Adjustment

Practical

Theory

D

Extra time
For candidates who require extra processing time

5 minutes extra
(Up to 3 minutes for sight-reading and 2 minutes general)

Grades 1–3:
30 minutes
Grades 4 & 5:
40 minutes
Grades 6–8:
60 minutes

N

Extra time plus large print sight-reading/quick study test

5 minutes extra
(Up to 3 minutes for sight-reading and 2 minutes general)

As above

Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Code

Description

Adjustment

Practical

Theory

C

Extra time
For candidates who require extra processing time

5 minutes general extra time
(to apply this time to any specific part of the exam contact the Access Coordinator)

Grades 1–3:
30 minutes
Grades 4 & 5:
40 minutes
Grades 6–8:
60 minutes

Candidates with disabilities

Code

Description

Adjustment

Practical

Theory

W

Disabled access
For wheelchair users or those with limited mobility

5 minutes extra

N/A

Other diagnosis

Other diagnoses including:
ADHD, CFS/ME, Cerebal Palsy, Arthritis, Mutism, Pedalling difficulties

Contact the Access Coordinator for adjustment options

 

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