Latest exam updates

COVID update

In response to the current restrictions in the UK and Ireland we are deferring Session 1 face-to-face practical exams at Public Venues and paper-based Grade 6 to 8 Music Theory exams at Public Venues and Private Visits. Where we can we will still offer practical exams at Private Visits. Our remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams and our Grade 1 to 5 online Music Theory exams are unaffected and all dates remain unchanged. To read more, please visit our latest updates page.

Music Theory exam dates

We are providing extra dates in March when candidates can take an online Grade 1 to 5 Music Theory exam.

  • Tuesday 16 March – candidates can start the exam at any time between 5pm and 6pm
  • Saturday 20 March – candidates can start the exam at any time between 10am and 11am
  • Thursday 25 March – candidates can start the exam at any time between 5pm and 6pm

 We plan to offer Grade 6 to 8 paper Music Theory exams on Wednesday 28 April with a booking period from 8 to 15 March.

Performance Grade booking

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens on 1 February. For details, see our dates and fees page.

This page includes information about:

  • Practical exam appointments at Public Venues
  • Exam submission dates for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams
  • How to change an exam appointment or submission date
  • Music Theory exams at Public Venues and Private Visits (Grades 6 to 8 only)

For information about practical Private Visit timetables and appointments click here.

Exam appointments

Details of exam appointments will be provided by post.

For further information, please contact your local representative.

How to reschedule a Public Venue practical exam

How to reschedule a practical exam at a Public Venue or a remotely-assessed Performance Grade or ARSM exam submission date.

Once we’ve confirmed an exam appointment or submission date you can log in to your account and search for alternative slots. 

  • Log in and click ‘Booking details’ to view your booking.
  • You’ll see a list of candidates/exams with a clock icon at the end of each line.
  • Click on a clock icon to search for an alternative exam slot.
  • Once you’ve found a suitable alternative exam appointment or submission date, you can select it for the candidate.
Candidate accounts

Candidates with an account can log in to view their confirmed exam appointments and change practical appointments at Public Venues or submission dates for remotely-assessed Performance Grade or ARSM exams. Candidates can register and create their own account or parents/carers can do this on their behalf. The account must be registered in the candidate’s name. Find out more about candidate accounts.

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