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 announces changes to its Performance Assessment

6 years ago

ABRSM, the exam board of the Royal Schools of Music, is pleased to announce changes to its Performance Assessment. The Performance Assessment is an opportunity for musicians of all levels to have their work assessed by a professional musician, where performers receive constructive comments about their playing or singing written on the certificate which they receive at the end of the assessment. Previously only available to candidates aged over 21 or post-Grade 8 (or candidates with special needs), the Performance Assessment will be available as of 1 January 2015 to anyone of any age or grade.

How they work

Performers play or sing a short programme of music of their own choice lasting no longer than 15 minutes in total. Suitable for musicians of all levels, the assessment is delivered by a professional musician providing an objective, independent evaluation with no pass or fail and without marks awarded. Nigel Scaife, Syllabus Director at ABRSM, said, ‘Whether you’re a student preparing for a concert, competition or audition, an adult learner who doesn’t want to complete a full syllabus, or a teacher who is approaching a new genre for the first time, the Performance Assessment is an excellent opportunity to get objective feedback. It provides a focus for developing musicians of all kinds and I'm delighted that it is now open to instrumentalists and singers of any age and level.' To find out more about the Performance Assessment, please visit

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