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.

Results and mark forms

We want to release results more quickly and provide the complete mark form as soon as results are ready to view. Moving to digital mark forms enables this by removing delays caused by postal deliveries and handling of paperwork. The new mark forms are clear to read and easy to share between applicants, candidates and parents.

The new practical mark forms will look very similar to the current ones. They will follow the same layout, but with easy-to-read typed comments instead of handwriting.

We will continue to send printed certificates in the post for graded practical and Music Theory exams and ARSM. For the Prep Test and Performance Assessment, examiners will continue to hand out completed certificates at the end of the assessment.

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