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.

We have published comprehensive information about what we are doing to ensure the safety of everyone using our Public Venues. This will include guidance and instructions for candidates and other visitors. Please see here for more information.

Public Venue locations and contacts

Use the map below to find the names and contact details of our local representatives who can answer questions about our exams. The map may include venues that are not open this session.

You will be able to view detailed information about our Public Venues, including the address and facilities available, on our online booking service when a booking period is open.

Please note that our HLRs are unable to change exam appointments. This can only be done by the applicant or candidate, please visit our Exam Appointments page for guidance on rescheduling exams. For any queries regarding your entry or exam appointment, please contact our main office.

Our volunteers are happy to help with any questions you might have regarding ABRSM exams in your local area, such as the facilities in our exam venues and other logistical arrangements. 

However, if you have any queries about using our online self-service booking system or enquiries about the exam date for your candidates, their results or questions about refunds, our syllabus or anything else, then please contact ABRSM and we’ll be able to assist you further.

HALIFAX (UK) AREA CUSTOMERS - To find the local contact information for the Halifax region please search for 'Halifax, UK' below rather than just 'Halifax'.

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