Latest exam updates

Exam refunds

To support customers affected by ongoing COVID restrictions, for Practical and Performance Grade exams from 1st January to 31st May 2021 any absent candidate will automatically receive a refund. This includes Performance Grades where the candidate has been unable to record and upload their video. You do not need to contact us to request a refund. However, it will help us if you can log in to your account and cancel the exam. Find out more: https://www.abrsm.org/en/latestupdates

For Online Music Theory exams and any paper based exams taking place outside of the UK/Ireland we anticipate COVID restrictions will not prevent candidates from sitting their exam so absentee candidate will not automatically receive a refund and our normal Withdrawal, non-attendance and fee refunds policy still applies.

Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – the next exams will take place in June. Please note, dates and booking periods for Grades 1-5 and Grades 6-8 may be different from now on. For full details, see our dates and fees page.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

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Performance Grade exams

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Exact dates will be announced soon. Please check here for more information. 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 using our online service. Please also read our discount information and terms and conditions here.

Singapore office closure 

On government advice, we will still continue to work from home into Phase 3. We will therefore be unable to answer telephone calls during this time.

If you need to contact us please email [email protected]

Creating new musical opportunities through lockdown

At ABRSM, we believe that working together with others brings the best results for everyone involved in teaching and learning. We’re lucky to have great partners collaborating with us on everything from developing musical leadership and promoting accessibility to sharing resources and expertise. In this article, Jed Milroy, Assistant Director at Edinburgh’s Tinderbox collective, shares his thoughts on supporting music through lockdown.

Jed Milroy, Assistant Director at Edinburgh’s Tinderbox collective, shares his thoughts.

Tinderbox is a diverse collective of young people, musicians, artists, youth workers and volunteers. From grass-roots youth work to award-winning music productions, we aim to ignite a spark and help people achieve things they may never have thought possible.

We’ve been offering small group music lessons, open mic sessions, play along performances, orchestral experimentation workshops, music video projects, skills sharing sessions, dance hangouts, drawing hangouts, a creative response group and quiz nights. You can see our full online programme here https://tinderboxcollective.org/coronavirus-update/. Almost all of this has been on the video conferencing platform Zoom.

Our orchestra rehearsals are focusing on experimenting with the time delay on zoom to develop new methods of improvisation, making mosaic videos of ourselves playing some of our back catalogue and using video conferencing tools to develop new collaborative compositions. We’re also sharing solo performances and hanging out together.

The initial challenge at the beginning of lockdown was to move as quickly as possible to find out what we could do online and how it could be made safe. We wanted to be able to help support our community of musicians as much as we possibly could at this incredibly difficult time.

We have learned that there can be huge advantages to online delivery and have realised that online delivery needs to be included as a core part of our programme from now on, even when social distancing measures are lifted. Partly because some things have worked so well and partly because we anticipate that there will be a demand for this from participants who don’t feel comfortable or able to engage face–to-face for the longer term.

We were surprised to find that some participants who have moved to other countries or areas have re-joined our groups. Also, some participants who are usually very quiet and reserved are showing much more confidence in the online format. Some creative activities such as song writing are working better in this format and young people’s concentration and willingness to participate is much higher than expected.

Here are my top five tips for online delivery of musical activities:

  • Keep an open mind and possibly include other artforms such as dance, drawing or videography).
  • Be led by participants as much as possible.
  • Explore all the features of the platform you are using (breakout rooms, annotation, screen sharing).
  • Keep it light and fun where possible.

And here’s some feedback from some of the young people who have taken part in our online activities.

“I still can't comprehend that as a community even in such tough times were able to get together and play music. All thanks to you and the whole Tinderbox team.” Andrew, aged 13

“This is the only thing he will engage with. Everything else has stopped, including his respite services. This is the only break I get” Parent of Noel, aged 18

“It means everything to him. I can’t tell you what a difference this has made to us.” Parent of Peter, aged 10

“It’s just great to be able to see everyone and keep playing!” Luci, aged 15

Find out more about Tinderbox.

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