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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First ARSM exam in the world

4 years ago

A 15 year old student from Hong Kong studying in England has become the first candidate in the world to take ABRSM’s brand new performance-only diploma.

First exam

The first ever ARSM (Associate of the Royal Schools of Music) exam was taken by boarding school student Vincent Wong at Sevenoaks School in Kent on 27 January 2017. Vincent received a merit for his viola performance. Michael Elliott, ABRSM’s Chief Executive, recently presented the ARSM certificate to Vincent after his music lesson at Sevenoaks School. Michael Elliott, ABRSM Chief Executive, said “I was delighted to present Vincent with the first ever ARSM certificate and to congratulate him in person. His examiner was impressed with his well-balanced programme which played to his musical strengths and enthusiasms. "The ARSM is our first new assessment in 12 years and we are receiving positive feedback from teachers and candidates around the world who are looking for a challenge after grades and a meaningful goal to work towards.” Vincent’s teacher at Sevenoaks School, Robin Ashwell, said “I am extremely proud of Vincent’s achievement in gaining the ARSM. Having taken Grade 8 before coming to study with me, we really needed something else to work towards in order to keep pushing Vincent towards higher levels. The ARSM was perfect for this, with challenging repertoire to choose from and a good programme length of half an hour. "Vincent rose to the challenge of the ARSM with vigour and zeal, reaching a level far higher than he would have otherwise, and to be receiving the first ARSM in the world is a huge thrill!” The new performance-only diploma was launched in August 2016 to provide learners with an opportunity to develop and demonstrate their performance skills after Grade 8.

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