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Practical exam results (graded exams and ARSM) from 2020

All practical exam candidates receive a mark form giving a breakdown of the marks awarded for each section of the exam along with comments from the examiner. Candidates who pass their exam also receive a certificate.

We will email applicants, and candidates (parents/carers) who have an account, when their exam results and mark forms are available to view online. For applicants, this will usually be within a week of the exam date, subject to our quality assurance checks. For candidates (parents/carers) with an account, this will be seven days after we have released results to the applicant.

Practical mark forms will be available online as PDFs, which are clear to read and easy to download, save, forward and print. We will send printed certificates to the applicant by post, usually within a week of releasing results to the applicant.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to pass mark forms and certificates to the candidate.

Music Theory exam results from 2020

All Music Theory exam candidates receive a paper mark form giving a breakdown of the marks awarded for each question as well as the total number of marks. Candidates who pass their exam also receive a certificate.

We will email applicants, and candidates (parents/carers) who have an account, when their Music Theory results are available to view online. At this point, you will only be able to view the total mark awarded. For applicants, this will be approximately four weeks after the exam date, subject to our quality assurance checks. For candidates (parents/carers) with an account, this will be seven days after we have released results to the applicant. We will send mark forms and certificates to the applicant by post within six weeks of the exam.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to pass mark forms and certificates to the candidate. We do not return Music Theory exam papers after marking.

Prep Test and Performance Assessment

There are no marks are awarded for these assessments. Instead, examiners write certificates giving comments during the exam and hand these to performers at the end of their assessment.

Diplomas - DipABRSM, LRSM, FRSM

All diploma candidates receive a paper mark form giving a breakdown of the marks awarded for each section of the exam, along with comments from the examiner. Candidates who pass their exam also receive a certificate. Before issuing, we send all diploma results and mark forms for review and ratification by our diploma committees. This process is a vital part of our quality assurance procedure and may take up to three months. Once we have ratified a result, we will post the mark form and certificate to the applicant.

Music Medals

Successful candidates will receive a medal, a certificate and a commentary on their performance. Candidates with a Working Towards result receive a commentary only. As soon as we have completed our moderation process, we will send the applicant an email confirming that overall results are available online. We then send medals, certificates and commentaries by post. If you are a named Teacher-Assessor, Music Medals Coordinator or Music Medals Partner, you also have access to statistics on your candidates' performances. You can access these on the Music Medals entries and results website.

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Information about recording an ABRSM exam on a Personal Learning Record (PLR)

Practical graded and ARSM exams from 2020

All examiners will be using our new specially created examiner app to deliver and mark practical exams. Although examiners will be working in a different way, the exam experience for all candidates will stay the same.

  • During the exam, examiners will use an iPad to complete mark forms.
  • The app will also automatically audio record exams, providing us with recordings to help with quality assurance, examiner training and enquiries about results.
  • Audio recording happens automatically and will not disturb or interrupt the exam in any way.
  • Recordings are for internal use only so won’t be available to applicants or candidates.
  • All iPads used by our examiners are supplied and set up by ABRSM, with the camera function disabled.

Viewing exam results from 2020

We will email you when your results are ready to view. To view results:

  • Log in to your account.
  • Scroll down to ‘My previous exams’ at the bottom of the page to see candidate and exam details.
  • Where results are available, you will see the total mark next to each candidate. For practical exams, you will also see a mark form icon.
  • Click on the mark form icon to view and download the PDF mark form.
  • Where results are not yet available, you will see ‘Pending’ next to a candidate’s exam. We will email you when these results are ready to view.

Quality assurance checks

Sometimes we send results for additional checking and moderation, which may delay their release. We aim to issue results as quickly as we can, while providing the highest possible standards of assessment.

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