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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Encore! ABRSM publishes collection of best-loved violin exam pieces

4 years ago

Violin is the latest instrument to be added to ABRSM’s Encore series with three new books featuring popular violin exam pieces from the last few decades. Each of the books covers two grades and provides a source of appealing repertoire which can be used for lessons, recitals, and playing for fun. Violinists will find a wide variety of best-loved repertoire originating from all around the world and spanning all musical periods, including classical, folk and dance styles. ABRSM grade markers give an instant indication of difficulty, which helps inform recital planning or players looking to discover new music. Encore for Violin

A word from the compiler

Penny Stirling, the series compiler said "Compiling these pieces for Encore Violin made me realise what a fantastic choice of repertoire we are lucky to enjoy. My own students are always hungry for good concert pieces and these choices should give something to cherish for every occasion, both happy and contemplative, that will provide fun and enjoyment for performer and listener alike." The books include footnotes to facilitate deeper understanding and engagement with the music, signposting the key skills each piece develops and providing background information and ideas for exploring the music.

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The Encore series

Encore was first released in 2015 for Piano. Encore Violin is now available to purchase online at or from music retailers worldwide.

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