COVID-19 - latest exam updates

A message from our Chief Executive – our future plans

Practical Session 2 Update

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we’re working hard on solutions to ensure they can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity. However, on the basis of official and local advice we will be postponing the entry period for Session 2 Practical exams and we will provide an update about the exams scheduled for October – November as soon as we can. Our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course. We are very sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and thank you for your loyalty and support at this difficult time.

Practical and Music Theory exams update

On the basis of official and local advice, we have decided to suspend all Practical and Music Theory exams outside the UK and Ireland from now until 1 July 2020, and our Representative will contact applicants with further guidance. We will update specific territories in due course in relation to exams after that date. We are sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your loyal support during this challenging time.

Exam dates and fees 2020

ABRSM has changed the method of payment of entry fees in Malta. To help you to make your entry for the next exam session, please refer to the checklist below.

Please complete your paper entry form as usual (using separate entry forms for Theory/Practical entries) and send it to our local representative, Maria Conrad, by the closing date for the exam session. We're unable to accept entries received after the last date of the entry period.

We cannot currently accept fee payments including card, cash or cheque payments with the paper entry form. Instead, we ask that you send your exam fees by bank transfer as outlined below:

1) On receipt of your entry form, Maria Conrad will send you an email no later than one week after the last date of the entry period, with the following details for payment :

  • ABRSM’s bank account details
  • A unique payment reference code for each candidate, which must be included in the payment reference for the bank transfer (this ensures we're able to link your payment to the relevant candidate/s)
  • You'll receive separate codes for Practical and/or Theory entries
  • A payment can be made for an individual candidate, or if you enter more than one candidate, you can make one bank transfer for all the candidates quoting the series of payment reference codes that the representative has given to you (Practical and Theory payments should still be made separately)

2) When you receive this email, please make your payment for your entries by bank transfer in Euros.

Diploma retake fees

Please note that retake fees apply only to candidates applying for a partial retake (2.2 or 2.1 and 2.2, etc.). If candidates are retaking the complete exam, the full fee is payable.

Additional information

Other fees and charges (2020)*


Exam taken after 1993

Exam taken from 1977 to 1993

Exam taken before 1977

Confirmation of marks

free of charge



Duplicate certificate

£12.00 (diplomas £19.00, Music Medals £6.50)

included under confirmation of marks fee (see above)

included under confirmation of marks fee (see above)




Appeal investigation**


Half of the entry fee

Results Review

Grade 1-5: £25
Grade 6-8: £40
ARSM: £40


External review

£60.00 per candidate

£60.00 per candidate

Administrative charge for payment with dishonoured cheque



* The above charges should be paid direct to ABRSM's office in London by sterling draft presentable in the UK or by credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Sterling drafts should be payable to ‘The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music’.

If you wish to pay locally please contact your Local Representative who will advise you of the local fee and method of payment.

** For multiple candidates, the investigation fee charged will not exceed five times the local Grade 5 Practical/Music Theory fee.

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