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Practical Update 

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.

However, on the basis of official and local advice due to COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel all Practical exams in Hong Kong until further notice. This decision affects all 2020 bookings for Graded Music Exams, ARSM, Diploma, Choral Singing and Ensemble exams, but does not currently affect any bookings for Music Theory exams. Following this decision, we will process 100% refunds for all existing Practical exam bookings and our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course.

We are sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place. We are continuing to review when live Practical exams can resume in Hong Kong and will offer them again at the earliest possible opportunity.

Our new remotely-assessed Performance Grades provide an alternative progression route for students during this period of disruption. The Performance Grades are equivalent to our Practical Grades in demand, recognition and value. They are based on the same repertoire and syllabuses, assessment criteria and quality assurance measures as our existing exams and will be assessed by the same highly trained examiners. Booking will open in Hong Kong before the end of the year and you can record your video submission any time from now on. Find out more here.

Have you considered becoming an examiner?

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Are you looking for a freelance role that…

  • Allows you to travel?
  • Supports developing musicians?
  • Complements your portfolio career?

Music examining could be for you!ABRSM is one of the largest employers of freelance musicians in the UK and we are always interested in hearing from people who are considering examining as part of their career.

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Be part of a 700-strong community of musicians

  • We currently have around 700 musicians working as examiners.
  • All highly qualified and skilled in their own field.
  • Individual experience is combined with the comprehensive and rigorous training we provide up front and through ongoing continuing professional development.

What we are looking for:

  • UK-based musicians with a strong educational background.
  • They have the personal experience, qualities and attributes to cope positively with the range of situations and people they will meet.
  • Be used to working with children, be open to training.
  • Be competent but not necessarily performing pianists.
  • Be able to make at least one week of their time available each session (3 times a year).

Where will I travel? An enjoyable aspect of the role is travel: we keep examiners away from candidates they might know from their local area, so there is normally a reasonable amount of UK travel. But there is also international work. We operate in over 90 countries but our biggest international tours take place in Hong Kong, Malaysia, China and Singapore, often in groups with others.If you want to know more, get in touch.

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