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.

For more information click here.

Forthcoming exams

Thank you to everyone who’s booked exams. To help you with your exam arrangements at this exceptionally busy time, please remember that there are a number of services available to you by logging in to your ABRSM account:

Self-service options through your online account:

  • Viewing your confirmed exam details
  • Making late bookings for Performance Grade exams (subject to availability)
  • Rescheduling a Performance Grade exam within the current exam session only (subject to availability and up to 48 hours before the date of your exam). Exams cannot be moved or transferred to the next exam session.
  • Checking availability for late bookings and rescheduling. You can view available slots online without logging in or making a booking.

For all of the above, we cannot help you directly if you contact us and logging in to your account allows you to manage your exam booking.

Late booking is available for Session 3 (March) 2021 Performance Grade exams until 18 March.

Performance Grades update

Our April Performance Grades session has been very popular and we now have limited slots available. If you can’t book a slot you can:

  • Keep checking back during the booking period (open until 8 March) – if exams are cancelled new slots will become available.
  • Try to make a late booking – late booking opens around a week after the booking period closes (15 March). You can keep checking for late booking slots until the end of the exam session.

If you can’t book an April exam, then we will be offering exam sessions every month from now on, so there will be plenty of opportunities to submit exams in the coming months. Dates will be on our website very soon.

And remember, candidates can record their exam at any time. So, if a they are ready now, they can record the video and then upload it once an exam has been booked.

Contact us

Latest News and Exam Updates

The latest information about our exams is available on our Latest Updates page.

Exam session dates and booking periods for 2021

See our Dates and Fees page.

ABRSM Shop

Our online shop is open, please visit ABRSM Shop. The customer service team for the shop will be available as usual except for UK public holidays.

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London office

Our offices are now closed until further notice. Please do not send anything to us by post as we will not be able to access it or respond. If you need to contact us please send us an email.

Address

ABRSM
4 London Wall Place
London
EC2Y 5AU

ABRSM is based in the Salters’ building and the entrance is on Fore Street.


Telephone

Please be aware that due to COVID-19 many members of the team are working from home and enquiries are only via email. Our top priority is to support customers who are booking or taking exams in the upcoming sessions.

The easiest way to get in touch is to use the ‘Contact us’ form on this page. We are receiving a high volume of enquiries at the moment and we will respond to your email as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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