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Adapted exams for Practical exams at Grades 6 to 8

We have extended our exceptional arrangements for candidates who would like to take Practical exams at Grades 6 to 8 and will be running a second adapted exam session in August 2020.

These adapted Practical exams are available for a limited time to candidates of all ages in the UK and ROI. We continue to provide these arrangements because these qualifications attract UCAS points which students may need to support an application for a university or college place.

We are not offering any further adapted Music Theory exams. Standard Music Theory exams at Grades 6 to 8 will be available later in the year and we will provide an update on this soon.

  • The booking period is now closed. In preparation for the exams we will contact with the Applicant, Responsible Adult and Teacher with further details and instructions.
  • The exam session will begin on 17 August and finish on 28 August

Guidance for Adapted Exams (August 2020)

The information on these pages is a summary of the detailed instructions and guidance found here: Instructions for Adapted Practical Exams in August 2020. We encourage you to read this in full. The guidance also includes the declaration forms that will need to be included with exam submissions. You should also be familiar with our standard Exam Regulations and the added information for Exceptional Regulations for Adapted Exams in August 2020.

Specific needs

If a candidate has access requirements or needs reasonable adjustments please email details to us at [email protected] no later than Friday 31 July. Please ensure that the correct specific needs code is used at the time of booking.

Dates and fees

Exam booking



Booking period

Monday 27 July

Friday 31 July


Exam dates



Practical exam period

Monday 17 August

Friday 28 August

For Practical exams, applicants will be able to select a date at the time of booking. This is the date on which all exam submissions must be uploaded and sent to ABRSM

Fees for these adapted exams will be the same as our current exam fees: Exam Fees

Exam Booking

Exams must be booked using our online booking service from 27 - 31 July 2020. A guide on how to make a booking using our online service is available here: How to book exams at a Public Venue - Adapted Exams (2020) 

Exam administration and instructions

Once the booking period has closed (on 31 July, midnight) we will email applicants to confirm their booking and provide additional information about running the exam. We will also request contact details for the teacher (if the applicant is not the teacher) and responsible adult. You can find information about roles and responsibilities in our Instructions for Adapted Practical Exams in August 2020.

Late entry and cancellations

You will not be able to book an adapted exam once the booking period has closed – 31 July (midnight). If you need to cancel your booking, our Withdrawals, Non-Attendance and Fee Refund Policy will apply

Exam submission

Declaration Forms

Exam submissions for the adapted practical exams must include the correct declaration forms:

Practical exam (Level 3 Certificate in Graded Examination in Music Performance)

The Practical exam consists of two types of evidence:

  • Audio recording: pieces and scales and arpeggios
  • Teacher-assessed marks: sight-reading and aural tests

These should be submitted to ABRSM electronically on the chosen exam date along with the declarations set out in our Instructions for Adapted Practical Exams in August 2020.

Upload Video Guide

When you are submitting your files to ABRSM using the Secure File Upload Request, please note that once you have clicked ‘Send Files’ a blue box will appear indicating ‘File(s) are being sent’. This means the process is complete and you can close the window.


We will send an email to the applicant when their candidate’s results have been released. The applicant can then log in to their account to view their results. If the candidate has an ABRSM account we will email them seven days after we’ve released the result to the applicant to let them know they can also view their result via their ABRSM account. Certificates will be posted to the applicant approximately two weeks after the end of the exam session

Guidance for Adapted Exams (June 2020)

Guidance and instructions for the previous adapted exam session held from 22 June to 4 July are available here: Instructions for Adapted Exams (June 2020).

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