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.

Music Theory update

  • 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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The partnership of five

Our relationship with the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Royal Northern College of Music is something we're extremely proud of.

We work together to further ABRSM’s mission to inspire achievement in music, and to invest in the next generation of teachers, performers, composers and leaders. 

 


Royal Academy of Music
Royal Academy of Music

The Royal Academy of Music has been training musicians to the highest professional standards since its foundation in 1822. ABRSM's donations to the Academy support individual scholars as well as outreach projects such as Open Academy. ABRSM also supports the Academyâs calendar of performances throughout the year.


Royal College of Music
Royal College of Music

The Royal College of Music in London's South Kensington is a world-leading music conservatoire with a prestigious history and contemporary outlook. ABRSMâs financial contribution provides vital student support through the College's extensive scholarships programme and its pioneering professional development hub, the Creative Careers Centre.


Royal Northern College of Music
Royal Northern College of Music

The Royal Northern College of Music was formed in 1973 from the merger of the Royal Manchester College of Music with the Northern School of Music. ABRSM's annual donations have enabled the College to develop key initiatives over the years that directly benefit students and boost their employability.


Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has over 170 years of performing-arts education experience and is Scotland's national centre of professional vocational training in this the performing arts. ABRSM's donations contribute towards their initiatives to widen their opportunities to reach even higher numbers of potential entrants.

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