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.

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.

Be part of a 700-strong community of musicians

We have currently suspended recruitment to all examiner teams, but will restart as soon as we are able to.

If you are looking for a freelance role that supports developing musicians, complements a portfolio career, and lets you travel, then, music examining could be just the thing for you.

Hear what it’s like to be a Grade examiner from our Chief Examiner John Holmes:

What we look for
  • Musician with a strong educational background
  • Willingness to travel both across the UK and internationally (our biggest international tours take place in Hong Kong, Malaysia, China and Singapore, often in groups with others)
  • Experience and qualities to cope and react positively in a range of situations
  • Experience of working with children
  • Competent but not necessarily performing pianist 
  • Time commitment of at least one week, three times a year
What you'll enjoy
  • Comprehensive training and ongoing professional development if you're successful (unique for a freelance role in music education)
  • Competitive pay, with the potential to work as much as you want
  • Dedicated help desk for any queries or support
  • International SOS support when working overseas for any medical or security issues

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