Latest exam updates

Performance Grade booking

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens in February. For details, see our dates and fees page.

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) – we will not be offering these exams in March. The next exams at Grades 6 to 8 will be in June 2021.
  • 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.

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Snare Drum

Snare Drum exams consist of three pieces, studies, sight-reading and aural tests.

Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. 100 marks are required to achieve a Pass, 120 to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.

There are eight grades of assessment. Select a grade using the links below to view the syllabus and supporting materials for that grade.

Publications

Supporting apps

Music Case

Music Case is a free practice app that helps you to understand the progress you are making over time, increasing your motivation to keep learning.

Aural Trainer

Aural Trainer features interactive challenges to develop your aural skills and make aural practice more engaging.

Music Theory Trainer

Music Theory Trainer helps bring music theory to life with fun and engaging challenges at Grades 1–5.

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