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Latest exam updates

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.

Performance Grade exams

We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. 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 using our online service. Please also read our discount information and 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.

Watch our very first Global High Scorers’ Concert, organised by our International Representatives

Congratulations from all of us at ABRSM to the performers taking part in this very special High Scorers’ Concert.  These concerts are such a familiar part of the ABRSM world. For many years they have provided opportunities for communities to come together and celebrate the achievements and talents of their musicians as they develop and progress. In some ways, this concert is no different, in connecting people, sharing musical performances and providing inspiration and enjoyment for audience and participants alike.

But, of course, this concert is also very different.  It is our first ever Virtual Global High Scorer’s Concert.  It’s a concert featuring performers from many countries around the world with an audience that will no doubt stretch even further.  It’s a concert that demonstrates the spirit and adaptability of the ABRSM community – from representatives and teachers to learners and their families. And it’s a concert that shows how, with a little help from technology and lot of passion from people, music making will continue to thrive and flourish, no matter what the obstacles may be.

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