Latest exam updates

Performance Grade exams

We are now offering Performance Grade exams every month. Please check here for dates and fees. We are extending the introductory 15% discount for these exams so that it applies to all remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams in 2021. Just enter code ABPG15HK when you book. Please also read our Terms and conditions here.

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.

COVID updates

For the latest information visit our COVID page 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 5 (May) 2021 Performance Grade exams until 21 May 2021.

How to book

Face-to-face practical exams and Grade 6 to 8 Music Theory exams

Candidates can take these exams at Public Venues provided by us or at Private Visits at an approved venue provided by the applicant/Visit Organiser.

Practical exams include: Practical Grades, ARSM, Prep Test and Performance Assessment. Grade 6 to 8 Music Theory are paper-based exams. (Grades 1 to 5 are available as an online exam only.)

Remotely-assessed exams

These include Performance Grades and ARSM as well as Grades 1 to 5 Music Theory, which are only available as an online exam. Candidates can take these exams in a location of their own choice as long as this meets the requirements stated in the relevant guidelines.

Our new online service

From booking exams to receiving results, find out what's new.

Creating your account

The first time you book exams using our online service you will need to register and create an accountFind out more here.

Who can book an exam?

Anyone aged 18 or over can book exams on behalf of candidates. This could be a teacher, parent/carer or member of staff at a school, music service or other organisation. Candidates aged 18 and over can book their own exams. The person who books the exam is known as the applicant.

Ways to book

We have a new online booking service for graded exams, ARSM, Prep Test and Performance Assessment. We are unable to accept postal bookings for these assessments.

For DipABRSM, LRSM and FRSM diplomas, and Choral Singing and Ensembles exams, you will need to book by post. You can download entry forms here.

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