Practical exam results

Each year, more than 600,000 people take an ABRSM exam in over 90 countries all over the world.

And so from the moment you leave your exam it will take approximately a month for you to receive your certificate. Some results may take a little longer if the checking process highlights anything we want to look at more closely. Certificates will be sent to the person who made the exam entry.

The results timetable below is intended as a guide to indicate when ABRSM will release UK & Ireland practical exam results online.

Practical exam taken between

Exam week

Results available to view online between

4 - 9 November


12 November – 29 November

11 - 16 November


19 November – 6 December

18 – 23 November


26 November – 13 December

25 – 30 November


3 December – 20 December

02 – 07 December


10 December – 10 January

(the office will be closed from 25th December to 2nd January inclusive)

Why do results take up to one month?

We want to make sure you have the best possible exam experience. From the time you leave your exam you have seven days to raise with us any concerns about anything that happened that might have affected your exam.

To find out more about our seven day feedback process, watch this video:

Individually checking all exams, ensuring you’ve had a chance to raise concerns, and issuing certificates takes about a month from the moment you leave the exam room.

How can I get my results earlier?

You can get your results online before you receive your certificate: exam results are published online approximately three weeks after your examination date. Once the marks are available online we send an email to the person who made the exam entry. The certificate and mark form will then follow in the post to the same person – the person who made the exam entry about 10 working days after the online results are published.

While we aim to issue results as quickly as possible, we want to make sure that we’re providing the best standard of exam and some results may be delayed for additional monitoring and checks.

Music Theory exams

For Music Theory exams, the mark form gives a breakdown of the marks awarded for each question and the total number of marks. Music Theory papers are not returned after marking. Results will be published online approximately four weeks after the exam date and you will receive results and certificates by post within six weeks of the exam.

Music Medals assessments

As soon as we have completed our moderation process, we send an email confirming that results are being sent by post and are also available online.

Medals, certificates and commentaries

Each of your successful candidates receives a medal, a certificate and a commentary on his or her performance. Candidates with a Working Towards result receive a commentary only. Medals, certificates and commentaries are despatched by post following the initial email notification of the issue of results.

Please do remember that if you are a named Teacher-Assessor, Music Medals Coordinator or Music Medals Partner, you also have access to statistics on your candidates' performances. These can be obtained on the Music Medals entries and results website.


Diplomas are sent for review and ratification by one of our diploma committees. This process is a vital part of our quality assurance procedure and may take up to three months.

Mark forms and certificates

Unless otherwise requested during entry, mark forms and certificates are posted to the applicant named on the entry form, whose responsibility it is to pass them on to candidates. 

All successful candidates receive a copy of the mark form and a certificate that specifies the subject and grade in which they have been examined.

Unique Learner Number (ULN)

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