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.

Instruments

At all grades, candidates for Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn have the option of playing one tune on either of the two other instruments.

Publications & audio

Lead sheets and accompaniments

All tunes set for Grades 4 and 5 are to be found in the AB Real Books. Lead sheets and piano accompaniments for arrangements from the AB Real Books are also available to purchase from Allegro Music and a selection is available to purchase via download.

Tunes set for the exams may alternatively be accompanied by playalong tracks provided on the Grades 4 and 5 CDs.

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