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: https://www.abrsm.org/en/latestupdates

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.

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Guitar Star

Guitar Star offers beginner guitarists a refreshing and inspirational choice of pieces to help build confidence and musical skills. The repertoire, composed and arranged by Gary Ryan, is tailored to develop specific techniques through a range of exciting musical styles.

The colourfully illustrated books contain 42 pieces, activities and a play-along CD. Guitar Star provides a rich variety of repertoire from beginner to approaching-Grade 1 standard, designed to fire the imagination of young learners. Many of the pieces can be used for the ABRSM Guitar Prep Test.

Guitar Prep Test

The Prep Test is an ideal introduction to the ABRSM exam experience. It gives students a goal to work towards and a certificate on the day – something to be proud of. In the exam, candidates need to:

  • play three short tunes from memory
  • choose two pieces to play (one of which can be a duet)
  • take part in four listening games

The Guitar Prep Test book has been completely refreshed for use from January 2019 onwards. We've worked carefully with syllabus selectors to make the Prep Test a perfect stepping stone from beginner to Grade 1 standard.

Containing five newly commissioned pieces (two of which are duets), three short tunes and examples of listening games, preparing for the Guitar Prep Test has never been easier.

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