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.

Booking exams - Jazz

We are making some changes to the way we provide Jazz exams. Candidates who want to take a Jazz exam can do this at ABRSM Jazz Visits, organised by us on set dates in our main exam sessions. We will provide a list of ABRSM Jazz Visits with dates, venues and Venue Codes when the booking period opens. To book exams, choose your ABRSM Jazz Visit, go to the Private Visit section of our exam booking service and enter the Venue Code. You can then enter candidate and exam details, book and pay.

Jazz exams can take place at a practical Private Visit, as long as there is at least one hour of Jazz examining time and the total examining time for the visit is at least three hours.

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