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Practical Session 2 Update - Malta

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.

Unfortunately government restrictions have not lifted in time for us to open the postponed booking period. Therefore we will be cancelling Session 2 Practical exams scheduled for October-December. Our Representative will provide further guidance in due course. We are very sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and we will continue to monitor the situation. Thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place.

We will be gradually rolling out remotely-assessed Performance Grades https://gb.abrsm.org/en/performancegrades/ internationally and will share exam dates and booking periods soon.

The booking period for online Music Theory exams at Grades 1 to 5 is now open. The closing date is Monday 12 October. For information about Grades 6 to 8, see our dates and fees page. To book exams you will need to register and create an account with our new online booking service.

Additional information for Private Visits

Click here for Private Visit booking information.

Who can organise a Private Visit?

In some countries or regions it may be possible for exams to take place at an approved venue provided by a teacher, school or music centre, rather than at an ABRSM Public Venue. This is a Private Visit.

To find out more or request a Private Visit, contact your local ABRSM representative or you can contact us directly.

What’s involved?

Visit Organisers book and run Private Visits. They may or may not be applicants. The Visit Organiser is responsible for going online to book and create their Private Visit and for sharing their Venue Code with any Permitted Applicants. For practical exams, Visit Organisers can rearrange their timetable and are responsible for informing their candidates and any Permitted Applicants of their finalised exam appointments.

Permitted Applicants have received permission from a Visit Organiser to book candidates at their Private Visit. The Visit Organiser can log in and view their Permitted Applicants at any time and remove Permitted Applicant status if they wish to.

To hold a practical Private Visit you will usually need to have minimum number of hours of examining time. You can invite other applicants (Permitted Applicants) to book exams at your Private Visit to meet this requirement.

You can check exam timings here to work out how much exam time you have and how many days you need to book. Each day can include up to 6 hours and 30 minutes of exams, plus lunch and breaks, with a start time of 9.00am or 9.30am.

Music Theory Private Visits (Grades 6 to 8 only) take place at an approved venue provided by the Visit Organiser. We do not require a minimum number of candidates for Music Theory Private Visits, but the venue must be an educational establishment. The exams take place on set dates and at set times. Once the booking period has closed we will email applicants, and candidates (parents/carers) with an account, to let them know that they can log in to Please note, if a candidate’s name contains a special character this will appear as a question mark (?) in the file, and if a name contains a comma this will move part of the name into the next column. You can correct these directly in the CSV file. The names on marks forms and certificates will appear correctly, with any commas or special characters, as they were entered when the exams were booked.

Visit Organisers book and run Private Visits. The Visit Organiser is responsible for requesting a visit via their ABRSM representative and sharing their Venue Code with any Permitted Applicants.

The Visit Organiser can log in and view their Permitted Applicants at any time and remove Permitted Applicant status if they wish to. Applicants cannot book exams at a Private Visit without the permission of the Visit Organiser.

Visit Organisers can rearrange and lock their timetable online and are responsible for informing their candidates and any Permitted Applicants of their finalised exam appointments.

Permitted Applicants have received permission from a Visit Organiser to book candidates at their Private Visit.

Venue Codes allow us to identify approved Private Visit venues on our system. Once we have approved your venue we will give it a code. The Visit Organiser will need to share this code with any Permitted Applicants, who will need to enter it when they book candidates at a visit. Once the Permitted Applicant has entered the Venue Code, they will remain a Permitted Applicant at the Private Visit for any future bookings. We will not share Venue Codes with anyone, as only the Visit Organiser can decide who to allow as a Permitted Applicant at their Private Visit.

All Private Visit venues must be approved by ABRSM before you book exams. You can apply for venue approval online via your account. You will need to do this before you make a Private Visit booking. The approval process can take up to eight working days. You only need to request approval for your venue once. If we give approval, this will apply for all future Private Visit bookings at that venue.

Visit venue approval application form (PDF)

Once the Private Visit is confirmed, the Visit Organiser can go online to rearrange their exam timetable. You can make changes to the timetable up to 48 hours (two full days) before the Private Visit start date. When planning your timetable you should follow our standard exam day as closely as possible. Our online timetabling tool will not accept timings that are significantly different and breaks and lunch cannot be changed. The standard exam day is:

  • Session 1 – 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Break – 15 minutes
  • Session 2 – 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Lunch – 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Session 3 – 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Break – 15 minutes
  • Session 4 – 1 hour 30 minutes

Each day can include a maximum of 6 hours and 30 minutes of exams with a start time of 9.00am or 9.30am. Any exams exceeding this will be scheduled the following day. If you would like to request a non-standard timetable please email us at [email protected] before the Private Visit has been confirmed (28 days before the start date). We cannot consider alternative timetabling requests once this deadline has passed.

Once timetable changes have been made, the Visit Organiser has the option to lock the timetable. This stops exam times changing for everyone if an exam is cancelled or moved to another free slot. Instead of later exams shifting up to fill the space, they will stay in their existing slots.

You can lock the timetable at any point from when the visit is confirmed up to 48 hours before the start date. You cannot unlock the timetable once you have locked it. However, once the timetable has been locked, you can still move candidates into space at the end of the day or into available slots created during the day by cancelling or moving candidates. You can also remove empty slots if you wish to. This will shift all the following candidates up and you will receive a warning message if you are about to do this.

To lock your timetable:

  • Click ‘Private Visit’ and select your visit.
  • Click ‘Arrange timetable’.
  • Click ‘Lock timetable’.

The Visit Organiser is responsible for contacting candidates and any Permitted Applicants to let them know the finalised exam times. If you choose to lock your timetable, this will send an automated email to any candidates with an account and to Permitted Applicants to let them know that the timetable has been finalised and that they can view their confirmed exam times.

Visit Organisers and Permitted Applicants can upload candidate and exam details in bulk from a pre-populated file. To upload a candidate list:

  • Go to the ‘Add candidates’ section of the Private Visit booking.
  • Click ‘download import template’ – to download the CSV template.
  • Add your candidate/exam details to the template.
  • Click ‘Import candidates from file’ and select the template.
  • Click ‘open’ and the candidate/exam details will appear in the Private Visit booking.
  • If you need to you can edit any candidate details on-screen before confirming your booking.

Visit Organisers can download a list of all candidates booked onto their Private Visit at any time.

  • Go to your Private Visit booking
  • Click ‘List of all candidates’
  • Click ‘Export timetable (CSV)’

Please note, if a candidate’s name contains a special character this will appear as a question mark (?) in the file, and if a name contains a comma this will move part of the name into the next column. You can correct these directly in the CSV file. The names on marks forms and certificates will appear correctly, with any commas or special characters, as they were entered when the exams were booked.

Terms and Conditions for Visit Organisers

These terms and conditions set out how we expect Visit Organisers to organise and host Private Visits for our exams.

Anyone organising a Private Visit accepts responsibility for providing facilities according to our instructions and for the appropriate conduct of the exam (see regulation 13f). Visit Organisers are advised to carry out a risk assessment (see regulation 13b).

How to request approval for your Private Visit venue
  • Log in or register and create an account.
  • On the dashboard, click ‘Private Visit’.
  • Under ‘My Venues’ click ‘Request approval for a new venue’
  • In the pop up window, select the type of venue and add details and facilities. Please read our Terms and Conditions for Visit Organisers (PDF) before completing this form.
  • Once you’ve submitted the form we’ll send you an email within three working days. This will include a link to our Visit venue approval application form (PDF) that you need to complete, sign and return to us by email.
  • We will respond within five working days of receiving the form to confirm our approval of your venue or to ask for further information.
  • Your approved venue will appear under ‘My Venues’ when you log in.

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