Latest exam updates

Performance Grades: Booking for June Performance Grades is open now until 13 May.

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 ABPG15SG when you book. Please also read our terms and conditions here.

Performance Grades discount: system error

We currently have an error in our systems relating to discount codes. When you add the code your order summary will show that 15% has been added to the total, not taken away. However, the 15% discount will be applied to your booking and the correct total will appear at the top of the next screen before you pay. We're working to fix this and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Singapore office

On government advice, we will be following a more flexible and hybrid way of working. Although working from home is still encouraged, from 12 April we will be able to answer a limited number of calls and applicants can contact us via the Local Contact - ABRSM: Local exam contacts. We will continue to update you when further information is published by Ministry of Manpower.

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.

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Record-breaking Music Medals

8 years ago

For the fourth successive year a record-breaking number of candidates took ABRSM’s Music Medals assessments. Nearly 10,000 candidates participated in Music Medals in 2012, bringing the number of assessments taken to 60,000 since their launch in 2004. Penny Milsom, UK Operations Director, said 'Music Medals give teachers the flexibility to teach and assess in their own way and help candidates to bring together many of the skills needed to become fantastic musicians. We’re very proud to have reached the 60,000 mark and hope more and more candidates will benefit from them in 2013!' Since 2010 Music Medals have been made available in schools, hubs and through Music Services as well as to private music teachers. Jane Hargrave, teacher, Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust, said: 'Music Medals have made a significant impact in Northamptonshire. Being able to choose material to suit individuals’ needs and assessing our own pupils is the perfect way to encourage our students to reach new targets. Children enjoy the preparation process and the filming day becomes an enjoyable event without the need to go out of their school and familiar environment.' ABRSM has also produced a series of films for candidates and teachers exploring the Music Medals assessment programme for early stage learning. To watch the rest of the films in this series please visit our YouTube channel.

Coming soon

  • On Wednesday 30 March, ABRSM will host a ‘Creative Teaching: Introduction to Music Medals’ presentation at Rhinegold’s Music Education Expo 2013 at the Barbican Centre, London. For more information please visit
  • From April onwards ABRSM will be offering a series of free Music Medals training sessions for teachers throughout the UK

For more information on Music Medals please visit

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