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.

Welcome to the Performance Grades ‘How To Hub’


This hub includes all of the essential information and step by step guides to help you with setting up, recording and submitting your video.
All content below is presented as written guidance (a PDF which you can save to your computer and/or print) and also video (via YouTube links) so that you can choose to learn through whichever format you prefer.
The marking criteria for Performance Grades, including how our examiners assess the performance as a whole, can be found here. You may also like to visit the FAQs page.



720p video resolution See 'Video resolution' (page 6) Watch video (00:00 – 00:36)
Accepted file formats: MP4, WMV, MOV, MPG See 'File size' (page 6) Watch video (00:36 – 01:05)
Camera position should show candidate and instrument (and accompanist if possible) See 'Camera position' (page 6) Watch video (00:00 – 00:40)
Video and audio should be recorded simultaneously See 'General recording requirements' (page 5) Watch video (01:05 – 01:44
Test the recording and sound works before starting your performance See 'Testing and trialling' (page 6) Watch video (01:13 – 01:33)
Check your device's storage and battery, and turn off any notifications before you begin See 'Testing and trialling' (page 6) Watch video (01:20 – 01:50)
Show your Candidate ID (Grades 6 – 8 and ARSM only) See 'Candidate identification' (page 8) Watch video (00:00 – 00:40)
Show your completed programme form See 'Programme form' (page 7) Watch video (00:40 – 02:23)
Show the first page of your own-choice piece See 'Own-choice music copy' (page 7) Watch video (02:23 – 03:00)
Announce your name, instrument and grade See 'Announcement' (page 7) Watch video (03:00 - 03:38)
Announce the title, composer and list information of your four pieces See 'Announcement' (page 7) Watch video (03:00 - 03:38)
Record all four pieces in one continuous take See 'Remote-assessment guidance' (page 4) Watch video (01:06 – 01:39)
Do not edit the video in any way and or apply any post-production techniques See 'General recording requirements' (page 5) Watch video (01:44 – end)
The video file should be no more than 2GB in size – you will need to compress larger files See 'File size' (page 6) Watch video (02:36 – 02:46)
Upload your video file via your online account and wait for on-screen confirmation of successful upload See 'Submitting the video recording and declarations' (page 8) Watch video (00:00 – end)
Finally, don’t forget:
  • Check the video all the way through to ensure sound and video are working
  • The file name must not contain any spaces and must not be blank, otherwise it will not upload successfully
  • Check the time and date that your recording is due to be submitted by

View the full guidance document and visit our Performance Grades YouTube playlist.

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