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.

Download entry forms

Graded music exams, ARSM, Prep Test and Performance Assessment

To enter candidates for these exams you will need to book and pay using our online booking service. We are unable to accept postal bookings for these exams.

Find out more about our new online service for exams from 2020 onwards.

Ensembles and Choral Singing exams

Postal booking only

DipABRSM, LRSM and FRSM diplomas

Diploma entry is now electronic. If you send a paper entry to our offices, we will destroy it securely to protect your personal information.

Please submit your form electronically. For detailed instructions click here.

*DipABRSM and LRSM Performance & Direction candidates only. Complete this form form and submit it when you book your exam.

** Instrumental and Vocal Teaching candidates only. Complete this form and submit it when you book your exam.

Retaking a Diploma exam

*Teaching, Direction and FRSM Performance candidates only. Complete this form and submit it with any Submitted Work when you book your exam.

**DipABRSM and LRSM Performance & Direction candidates only. Complete this form and submit it when you book your exam.

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