Latest exam updates

Performance Grade booking

Booking for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens on Tuesday 1 December and closes on Tuesday 8 December. This is when you can book submission dates during our 5 to 31 January exam session. We have a set number of exam slots available, so please book early for the widest choice of dates. Find out more about Performance Grades.

Exams at all venues – what’s changing

New candidate details when you book

When you book exams using our new booking service, we will ask for some new candidate information in addition to the usual name, subject/instrument, grade and any access requirements.

Candidate date of birth 

  • When you book an exam for a candidate you will need to provide their date of birth. You will not be able to complete your booking without this information as we need it to identify candidates in our system.

Candidate (parent/carer) email address 

  • Providing an email address for the candidate is optional for Music Theory and practical exams.  However, it will be compulsory for the new Performance Grades.
  • Providing a candidate's email address will allow them to set up an account. With an account they can go online to view exam information, change practical exam appointments at Public Venues and Performance Grade exam submission dates, and access their results and practical and Performance Grade mark forms seven days after we release them to the applicant.

Contact ID – provided by us

  • We will provide all candidates with a unique Contact ID, once a booking has been made for them using the new exam booking service. The Contact ID will appear on all future exam information relating to that candidate. It is important that you keep a note of this for future bookings.
  • You do not need to provide a candidate’s Contact ID for their first exam booking using the new online service. For all following bookings you should enter a candidate’s Contact ID every time you book an exam for them.
  • Using a candidate’s Contact ID every time you book means that we will be able to link all their exam bookings together and create an accurate exam history for them. It will also make it quicker and easier for you to book their exams in the future, as the Contact ID will automatically bring up all the candidate details for you.

New candidate account option

Candidates (parents/carers), who are not the exam applicant, have the option to set up their own ABRSM account in the candidate’s name. With an account they can go online to:

  • Check exam appointments and venue information.
  • Change practical appointments at Public Venues and change Performance Grade exam submission dates.
  • View results, including their digital mark form for practical and Performance Grades, seven days after we release them to the exam applicant.

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