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.

Singing syllabus from 2018

Featuring refreshed repertoire lists for all grades as well as a number of changes to the accompanied song requirements at Grades 6–8.


"There are so many exciting developments! Old favourites are still there but you will find new songs to add to the vast singing teacher library. Special attention has been paid to treble and counter-tenor voices to ensure they have enough choice but all singers should find something which will appeal to them and show them off at their best.”  – Heidi Pegler, singing teacher and ABRSM consultant

"Great emphasis has been placed on the inclusion of a wider range of musical theatre songs and broadening the choice of repertoire at higher grades with three items to be chosen from five lists." – Eileen Field, singing teacher and ABRSM consultant

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