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.

Guidance for remotely-assessed Performance Grades

Overview

  • Candidates taking a remotely-assessed exam make a continuous video recording of their performance, which they submit using our online exam booking service.
  • For Performance Grades, candidates perform four pieces – three from the syllabus and a fourth of their own choice. See the relevant syllabus for full information.
  • Once uploaded, the exam recording is assessed and marked by a member of our examiner panel. We then issue the result and mark form online, followed by a certificate in the post for successful candidates.

Guidance for taking a remotely-assessed Performance Grade

You must read the full ‘Guidance for remotely-assessed Performance Grade exams’ before you make any exam recordings. The full guidance document covers in detail how to record and submit a Performance Grade video.

Read our ‘Guidance for remotely-assessed Performance Grade exams’ (PDF).

Special arrangements for accompaniment

We normally require live accompaniment, as detailed in the relevant syllabuses. However, while social distancing requirements are in place, we are offering flexibility to singers and instrumentalists who must usually have an accompanist (or duet partner) on the day of their exam. There are a number of options available, which we will accept for remotely-assessed exams until at least 31 March 2021. Arrangements beyond 31 March are subject to review.

Check our ‘Special COVID-19 arrangements for accompaniment in remotely-assessed exams’ (PDF)

For detailed information about the exam requirements, please read the Qualification Specification (PDF) and relevant syllabus.

ABRSM Performance Grades & ARSM: Recording Guidance

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