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Music Theory results – update 6 April

Practical Session 2 Update

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we are working hard on solutions to ensure they can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity. However, on the basis of official and local advice we will not be taking any bookings for Practical Exam Session 2 and we will provide an update about the exams scheduled for September – October as soon as we can. We will provide updates about future exams sessions as soon as we can and our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course. We are very sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and thank you for your loyalty and support at this difficult time.

Exam dates and fees 2020

Paying exam fees

Exam fees can be paid by either cheque or direct debit (cash payments won't be accepted).

By cheque

All cheque payments must be made out to ‘The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music’.

By direct debit

All payments must be deposited to the following bank account in cash only (cheque deposits won't be accepted). Once the deposit is made, please ensure a copy of the validated deposit slip is attached to the application form when submitting your application.

       DFCC Bank account no. 012001005445
       Account name: The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

NOTE: All applications must be sent by registered post to the Sri Lanka representative. The Exam Application Collection Centre in Colombo won't be in operation from 2019.

Diploma retake fees

Please note that retake fees apply only to candidates applying for a partial retake (2.2 or 2.1 and 2.2, etc.). If candidates are retaking the complete exam, the full fee is payable.

Additional information

Other fees and charges (2020)*


Exam taken after 1993

Exam taken from 1977 to 1993

Exam taken before 1977

Confirmation of marks

free of charge



Duplicate certificate

£12.00 (diplomas £19.00, Music Medals £6.50)

included under confirmation of marks fee (see above)

included under confirmation of marks fee (see above)




Appeal investigation**


Half of the entry fee

Results Review

Grade 1-5: £25
Grade 6-8: £40
ARSM: £40


External review

£60.00 per candidate

£60.00 per candidate

Administrative charge for payment with dishonoured cheque



* The above charges should be paid direct to ABRSM's office in London by sterling draft presentable in the UK or by credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Sterling drafts should be payable to ‘The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music’.

If you wish to pay locally please contact your Local Representative who will advise you of the local fee and method of payment.

** For multiple candidates, the investigation fee charged will not exceed five times the local Grade 5 Practical/Music Theory fee.

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