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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Celebrating 125 years!

6 years ago

"This year ABRSM celebrates its 125th anniversary. Since 1889, we have supported musical progression, participation and learning. We now deliver over 650,000 exams and assessments every year in 93 countries - something that would have been unimaginable when the first 1,141 candidates sat their graded exams in 1890! To mark the journey we have undertaken since Sir Alexander Mackenzie first proposed to Sir George Grove that the Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Music combined forces to create an impartial and authoritative examining body that would 'genuinely provide a stimulus and and an objective for a high standard of achievement', we have created a short video that tells the ABRSM story from the very beginning to the present day. ABRSM Chief Examiner John Holmes, teachers, candidates and staff reflect on how they have benefited from our work and how we have evolved and grown against a changing musical education landscape in the 125 years of our existence.

Soundtrack: Short Ride in a Fast Machine (John Adams)"

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