Latest exam updates

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.

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.

Sharing musical inspiration from around the world

Bridget Harrison, one of our Regional Coordinators in South Africa, shares news and a beautiful film of the Drakensberg Boys Choir School.

The school and its choir are iconic in our country as leaders in music education; they tour regularly nationally and internationally and enter their students for ABRSM exams. Today they posted a video and I immediately asked if I could forward it on!

Drakensberg Boys Choir (Chamber Choir) - Smile by Charlie Chaplin

Our boys are coming back to school next week. That is something to SMILE about. Check out our latest music video, featuring the Drakensberg Boys Chamber Choir and a velvet vocal solo by one of our most talented alumni, Ndumiso Manana (Class of 2008).

This song was completely produced whilst the boys were away at home, and we felt it perfectly captures the spirit of our human response to the #Covid19 crisis. "There's a time, you can keep on trying; smile, what's the use of crying..."

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