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Performance Grades: Booking for June Performance Grades is open now until 13 May.

Performance Grade exams

We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check our Dates and Fees page for details.

Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)

We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.

Welcome to the Performance Grades ‘How To Hub’


This hub includes all of the essential information and step by step guides to help you with setting up, recording and submitting your video.
All content below is presented as written guidance (a PDF which you can save to your computer and/or print) and also video (via YouTube links) so that you can choose to learn through whichever format you prefer.
The marking criteria for Performance Grades, including how our examiners assess the performance as a whole, can be found here. You may also like to visit the FAQs page.



720p video resolution See 'Video resolution' (page 5) Watch video (00:00 – 00:36)
Accepted file formats: MP4, WMV, MOV, MPG See 'File size' (page 6) Watch video (00:36 – 01:05)
Camera position should show candidate and instrument (and accompanist if possible) See 'Camera position' (page 6) Watch video (00:00 – 00:40)
Video and audio should be recorded simultaneously See 'General recording requirements' (page 5) Watch video (01:05 – 01:44
Test the recording and sound works before starting your performance See 'Testing and trialling' (page 6) Watch video (01:13 – 01:33)
Check your device's storage and battery, and turn off any notifications before you begin See 'Testing and trialling' (page 6) Watch video (01:20 – 01:50)
Show your Candidate ID (Grades 6 – 8 and ARSM only) See 'Candidate identification' (page 8) Watch video (00:00 – 00:40)
Show your completed programme form See 'Programme form' (page 7) Watch video (00:40 – 02:23)
Show the first page of your own-choice piece See 'Own-choice music copy' (page 7) Watch video (02:23 – 03:00)
Announce your name, instrument and grade See 'Announcement' (page 7) Watch video (03:00 - 03:38)
Announce the title, composer and list information for your four pieces See 'Announcement' (page 7) Watch video (03:00 - 03:38)
Record all four pieces in one continuous take See 'General recording requirements' (page 5) Watch video (01:06 – 01:39)
Do not edit the video in any way or apply any post-production techniques See 'General recording requirements' (page 5) Watch video (01:44 – end)
The video file should be no more than 2GB in size – you will need to compress larger files See 'File size' (page 6) Watch video (02:36 – 02:46)
Upload your video file via your online account and wait for on-screen confirmation of successful upload See 'Submitting the video recording and declarations' (page 9) Watch video (00:00 – end)
Finally, don’t forget:
  • Check the video all the way through to ensure sound and video are working
  • The file name must not contain any spaces and must not be blank, otherwise it will not upload successfully
  • Check the time and date that your recording is due to be submitted by

View the full guidance document and visit our Performance Grades YouTube playlist.

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