Latest exam updates

Performance Grade exams

We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check our Dates and Fees page for details.

Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)

We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.

Access to pre-2020 exam records

We now have a completely new system supporting our new exam booking service. This allows us to offer a better service to teachers, learners and parents. However, our new system is not compatible with the old system, and we are unable to run them both together or provide access to previous records for customers.

We will continue to keep a record of all exams taken between 1994 and 2019. However, you will no longer have access to this information via your online account.

If you need information about pre-2020 exam entries, please contact us. We can provide information relating to individual candidates through our confirmation of marks service.

We will create a new record of all exams taken from January 2020 in our online booking service. Applicants will be able to view these details when they log in to their ABRSM account. Candidates (parents/carers) who have set up an account will also be able to log in to view details of all their exams taken from January 2020 onwards.

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