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At ABRSM we want to make sure you have the best exam experience possible and we take extra care at every stage of the results issuing process.

Note about moderation

In order to ensure that standards are consistent, results go through a detailed process of quality checking before they are released. Additional checks to a selection of results means that, in some instances, their release exceeds 2-3 weeks, but every effort is made to keep any delay to a minimum.

Practical exam results publishing timetable

Spring 2017 exam session (A period)

Updated 16.14 on 11 March 2017

The results timetable below is intended as a guide to indicate when ABRSM will release UK & Ireland Practical exam results.

*ABRSM reserves the right to amend the dates below at any given time and will update this page to reflect any changes

ABRSM notifies you by email/post

For exams in week 1:
6-11 March

*20 March - 3 April

For exams in week 2:
13-18 March

*27 March - 10 April

For exams in week 3:
20-25 March

*3-17 April

For exams in week 4:
27 March - 1 April

*10-24 April

For exams in week 5:
3-8 April

*17 April - 3 May

Journey of a mark form

We’re sometimes asked about the various stages that our Practical exam results go through before they are released. Watch our film to find out more!

Music Theory exams

For Music Theory exams, the mark form gives a breakdown of the marks awarded for each question and the total number of marks. Music Theory papers are not returned after marking. Results will be published online approximately four weeks after the exam date and you will receive results and certificates by post within six weeks of the exam.

Music Medals assessments

As soon as we have completed our moderation process, we send an email confirming that results are being sent by post and are also available online.

Medals, certificates and commentaries

Each of your successful candidates receives a medal, a certificate and a commentary on his or her performance. Candidates with a Working Towards result receive a commentary only. Medals, certificates and commentaries are despatched by post following the initial email notification of the issue of results.

Please do remember that if you are a named Teacher-Assessor, Music Medals Coordinator or Music Medals Partner, you also have access to statistics on your candidates' performances. These can be obtained on the Music Medals entries and results website.


Diplomas are sent for review and ratification by one of our diploma committees. This process is a vital part of our quality assurance procedure and may take up to three months.

Mark forms and certificates

Unless otherwise requested during entry, mark forms and certificates are posted to the applicant named on the entry form, whose responsibility it is to pass them on to candidates. 


All successful candidates receive a copy of the mark form and a certificate that specifies the subject and grade in which they have been examined.

Unique Learner Number (ULN)


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