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 publishes new collection of contemporary pieces

4 years ago

ABRSM has today added to its Spectrum series with the release of a fifth book of contemporary works for solo piano. Spectrum 5 contains 15 pieces that have been specially commissioned from some of today’s leading composers and reflect current compositional trends. The pieces range in difficulty from Grade 6 to diploma, and are suitable for student, amateur and professional pianists of all ages.

A word from the series compiler

Thalia Myers, series compiler said "Although the pieces in Spectrum 5 are generally harder to play than many of those in earlier piano volumes, the purpose of Spectrum has remained unchanged since the first anthology twenty-odd years ago: to commission some of the finest composers to write pieces of modest length and difficulty, while preserving the essential characteristics of their compositional style." "There are now 156 pieces for solo piano in the Spectrum series that will appeal equally to student, amateur and professional performers and their audiences," she continued. Recordings of all Spectrum 5 pieces, performed by Thalia Myers, will be available as downloads from early November.

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The Spectrum series

The Spectrum series was established by ABRSM and Thalia Myers for piano in 1996, and now includes volumes for piano duet, violin, cello, clarinet, trumpet and string quartet. Spectrum 5 is now available to purchase online at or from music retailers worldwide.

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