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.

Music Theory exam dates

We are providing extra dates in March when candidates can take an online Grade 1 to 5 Music Theory exam.

  • Tuesday 16 March – candidates can start the exam at any time between 5pm and 6pm
  • Saturday 20 March – candidates can start the exam at any time between 10am and 11am
  • Thursday 25 March – candidates can start the exam at any time between 5pm and 6pm

 We plan to offer Grade 6 to 8 paper Music Theory exams on Wednesday 28 April with a booking period from 8 to 15 March.

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.

Why do an exam?

Earning an ABRSM certificate is a rewarding experience. Find out what our music exams offer.

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Exam elements

Find out more information on what elements our graded music exams consist of.

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The exam day

Information and guidance on what you can expect on the day of your exam and how to handle those final pre-exam moments.

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Coping with nerves

Tips for students and candidates to help you cope with performance anxiety and turn feelings of nervousness to your advantage.

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Tips from our Chief Examiner

Top tips from our Chief Examiner John Holmes on how to make your music exam a success.

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Apps & Practice tools

Our award winning app and practice tools help boost your learning and maximise your chances of exam success.

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