Latest exam updates

Exam refunds

To support customers affected by ongoing COVID restrictions, for Practical and Performance Grade exams from 1st January to 31st 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. Find out more:

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 candidate will not automatically receive a refund and our normal Withdrawal, non-attendance and fee refunds policy still applies.

Performance Grade booking

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Exact dates will be announced soon. Please check here for more information.

Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • 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.

Exams at Private Visits 

Private Visit exams take place at a venue organised by the applicant.

If you have had a Private Visit before, then your local ABRSM representative will be in touch to discuss arrangements. If you have not organised a Private Visit before, contact your local representative who will talk you through the process.  

Our new exam booking service allows you to:

  • Upload a list of candidate details to your booking. Visit Organisers can also download a list of all candidates taking exams at their Private Visit.
  • Use our new online timetabling tool to arrange your exam day(s) and send email alerts to candidates and Permitted Applicants.
  • Make late bookings at a practical Private Visit if there is room in the timetable.

What you need to know

  • Visit Organisers book and run Private Visits. The Visit Organiser is responsible for organising the Private Visit venue, discussing possible dates with their local ABRSM representative and then sharing the Private Visit Venue Code with any Permitted Applicants. Visit Organisers are also responsible for finalising the timetable and for sharing this information with their candidates and any Permitted Applicants.
  • Permitted Applicants are exam applicants who have received permission from a Visit Organiser to book their candidates at a Private Visit.
  • Venue Codes allow us to identify Private Visits on our system. Once we have approved a Private Visit venue and it appears on our system, we will give it a code. The Visit Organiser will need to share this code with any Permitted Applicants, who will need to enter the code when they book their candidates at the Private Visit.
Private Visit venue approval
  • As a Visit Organiser you may need to request approval for your Private Visit venue before you can make a booking. We are introducing this process to make sure all exam venues meet our standards.
  • Please talk to your local representative to find out if you need to request approval.
  • You can request venue approval via your new online account. You only need to request approval for your venue once. If we give approval, this will apply for all your future Private Visits at that venue.
  • The online venue approval process takes up to eight working days.

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