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.

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Exact dates will be announced soon. Please check here for more information.

Music Theory exam dates

We can now confirm Grade 6 to 8 paper Music Theory exams will go ahead on Wednesday 28 April at 5pm. The booking period will be open from 8 to 15 March.

If you choose to use a CD accompaniment for your ABRSM Jazz exam here are a few points to remember on the day.

  • Make sure that your CD player is reliable and easy to use.
  • There will only be one 13 amp socket in the exam room.
  • Make sure the CD player has a long mains lead and that it is close to the music stand.
  • Remember to bring the correct CD.
  • Make sure that the CD is clean and unscratched.
  • Take a note of your track numbers into the room – you will see them on the top left-hand corner of the first page of each tune.
  • Track 16 is the tuning track.
  • Remember to play the track with the ‘minus one’ version and not the one with the full performance.
  • Remember to adjust the volume before you go in and make any small adjustments to the balance in the exam room if you need to.
  • Remember to press the stop button at the end of each tune!

MP3 players

If you have transferred your CD accompaniment on to an MP3 player for your ABRSM Jazz exam, here are a few points to remember on the day.

  • Bring the correct CD with you. Even though you won’t be using it to provide the accompaniment to your performance, it is still necessary to bring it for copyright reasons (to prove that you own a copy of the CD).
  • Make sure that your MP3 player (with speakers) is reliable and easy to use.
  • There will only be one 13 amp socket in the exam room.
  • Make sure your MP3 player/speakers has a long mains lead and that it is close to the music stand.
  • Take a note of your track numbers into the room – you will see them on the top left-hand corner of the first page of each tune.
  • Track 16 is the tuning track.
  • Remember to play the track with the ‘minus one’ version and not the one with the full performance.
  • Remember to adjust the volume before you go in and make any small adjustments to the balance in the exam room if you need to.
  • Remember to press the stop button at the end of each tune!

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