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.

Enjoyment through achievement

Earning an ABRSM certificate is a rewarding experience. If you're working hard to make progress with your music, you need a way to recognise your success and reassurance that you're on the right track.

Music exams offer:

  • Motivation and inspiration, working from a carefully structured syllabus towards a definite goal
  • A measure of personal progress and attainment against internationally recognised benchmarks
  • An objective guide to improve your musical skills
  • Assessment by a respected and independent musician who's highly trained and is monitored
  • Performance opportunities and a real sense of achievement

Setting the standards

ABRSM has been giving structure and support and setting standards for over a hundred years. During that time, much has been tried, tested and consolidated. We use this wealth of experience for the benefit and guidance of the many hundreds of thousands who take our exams, knowing that they're part of the most respected and valued system of music exams in the world.

Bear in mind...

Music exams don't suit everyone, and exam syllabuses aren't intended to provide a complete curriculum or choice of repertoire to the exclusion of all other music. We believe that all musicians should explore a wide range of music to stimulate their interest and refresh their outlook.

Learn more about our exams.

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