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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ABRSM and Music Mark announce a series of roadshow events

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ABRSM, the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, is working in collaboration with Music Mark to bring a series of roadshow events to music teachers across the UK. Each half-day event will focus on progression and creative lesson activities and provide an ideal networking opportunity to local communities of teachers. The ABRSM and Music Mark roadshows will take place in Hull, Gateshead, Leicestershire, Birmingham, Hatfield, Cardiff and Exeter from 1–9 September. Each roadshow will include sessions on musical progression and the role of assessment, effective strategies to teach new repertoire in creative and imaginative ways and explore successful approaches to musical learning that can be utilised for teaching in one-to-one, group and class/ensembles settings. Those presenting at the event include Ali Walker, Jessica O’Leary, Lincoln Abbotts, Rob Farrar and Tom Hewins. ‘These roadshow events are about bringing together different communities of teachers. With that in mind, they offer a great opportunity to network with colleagues and the sessions have been designed to offer practical and inspirational ideas for the new terms teaching.’ said Lincoln Abbotts, Director of Strategic Development at ABRSM. ‘We’re delighted to be working with Music Mark to bring these events to music teachers throughout the UK.’ Attendance at the event costs just £35 per delegate. More information on the roadshow events and booking facility can be found at

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