Latest exam updates

Exam refunds

To support customers affected by ongoing COVID restrictions, for Practical and Performance Grade exams from 1 January to 31 May 2021 any absent candidate will automatically receive a refund. This includes Performance Grades where the candidate has been unable to record and upload their video. You do not need to contact us to request a refund. However, it will help us if you can log in to your account and cancel the exam.

For Online Music Theory exams and any paper based exams taking place outside of the UK/Ireland we anticipate COVID restrictions will not prevent candidates from sitting their exam so absentee candidates will not automatically receive a refund and our normal Withdrawal, Non-attendance and Fee Refunds Policy still applies.

Performance Grade booking

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check here for dates and fees.

Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – the next exams will take place in June. Please note, dates and booking periods for Grades 1-5 and Grades 6-8 may be different from now on. For full details, see our dates and fees page.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

For more information click here.

International Sponsorship Fund 2021 application form

We’re delighted to announce we are now accepting applications for the ABRSM International Sponsorship Fund (ISF) 2021. 

Please read this Key Information before filling in the online application. The final date for submissions is 20 April 2021. If you have any further queries, please email [email protected]



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If you’d like to include any documents to support your application, please email them to [email protected] with the name of your organisation and the phrase ‘supporting documents’ in the subject line

I understand and agree that:

  • I have read the Key Information and my organisation is eligible to apply
  • As data controller, ABRSM will use any personal information that you provide to process the International Sponsorship Fund, in accordance with applicable data protection laws and the ABRSM privacy policy
  • ABRSM’s decisions on funding is final;
  • If this application is successful, the funds received will be used only for the purpose described above, otherwise they will be returned immediately to ABRSM;
  • ABRSM reserves the right to withdraw financial support if the terms are not fulfilled;
  • If this application is successful, ABRSM will exchange the funds to the preferred currency based on the exchange rate on the day the transaction is made. I accept that the receiving bank may incur a small fee and this will not be payable by ABRSM;
  • ABRSM’s support will be acknowledged by including the International Sponsorship Fund Logo in online and printed promotional materials related to the specific project that ABRSM will be sponsoring;
  • Any use of the ABRSM International Sponsorship Fund logo will be in accordance with ABRSM’s license agreement.
  • Funding will usually be provided on a one-off basis for a particular project or programme;

Should my application be successful, I further agree to supply ABRSM with the following when requested, within the timeframe requested:

  • Proof of bank account in the organisation’s name;
  • Externally audited financial statements (to include a summary income and expenditure account, balance sheet and cash flow if available) for at least the last two years;
  • Signed terms and conditions, safeguarding and logo licensing agreement;
  • Your organisation’s logo;
  • A short description and history the organisation (150 words) to include a quote from the director;
  • High-resolution photographs of the organisation’s activities with signed consent forms from those in the photographs if identifiable;
  • A calendar of upcoming planned major events;
  • A final report to be submitted within 1 month of completion of your project/programme or by 1 December (whichever is sooner) ;
  • Updates on the work of the project ABRSM is sponsoring which can be used as content for social media. This can include pictures, videos and blogs.

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