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.

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Section 1: Practical & Music Theory graded exams, Prep Test & Performance Assessment

1. We have a late entry period which is open for one week after the online closing date.

2. During this period, we will accept entries, providing they are made online using the late entry form and the full fee is paid.

3. If you have not made an exam entry before, you must register as an Applicant before using the online late entry form.

4. We do not make an additional charge for late entries.

5. Please note that some ABRSM-run exam centres may be fully booked and will not be available for late entries.

6. We cannot accept date preferences or special requests for late entries.

7. We do not accept postal entries after the postal closing date or any late entries by email or telephone.

8. We cannot accept any further entries once the late entry period has closed. Exceptions will only be made where an Applicant has already made an entry at a Visit (Regulation 7) and additional candidate(s) can be added without disrupting the timetable (Practical) or requiring additional/alternative exam papers (Music Theory). Applicants who wish to request this should contact us by telephone (+44 (0)20 7636 5400).

9. For Special Visits, we must receive entries no later than 28 days before the chosen exam date. We will only consider exceptions where an Applicant has already made a Special Visit entry and additional candidate(s) can be added without disrupting the timetable. Applicants who wish to request this should email [email protected].

10. We reserve the right to refuse, invalidate or cancel any entry and to return an entry received after the closing date has passed. In such cases the entry fee(s) will be returned (Regulation 4e).

Section 2: Diplomas

1. We will accept entries during the late entry period (one week after the closing date) providing they are made by post and the full fee is paid.

2. We cannot accept date preferences or special requests for late entries.

3. We do not accept late entries by email or telephone.

Section 3: Ensembles & Choral Singing

We do not accept late entries for these assessments.

Section 4: Music Medals

There are no closing dates for Music Medals and teachers can make entries at any time. Full details are available at abrsm.org/musicmedals.

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