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.

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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