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.

To all candidates requesting alternative tests and tests in accessible formats

ABRSM produces a wide range of alternative tests and tests in braille, large and modified print. These tests are produced on demand from facilities in our office. Due to restrictions relating to Coronavirus, we are currently not able to access our office as flexibly or as regularly as usual. We shall do everything we can to ensure that we can continue to provide the materials you need for your exam, but there may be occasions where this is not possible due to circumstances beyond our control.

What we have done
We have explored alternative means of producing and delivering materials to examiners. We shall also produce and send these materials earlier than usual to allow for contingencies.

How you can help us to help you
If you require any kind of alternative test materials or tests in accessible formats, it is really important that you select the relevant option when making your exam entry online. If you require any advice on what options are most appropriate, please email our Access Coordinator ahead of making your entry.

If you require assistance with making your exam entry, please review the guidance and videos on our website.

In line with our Access policy, we shall not be able to accept requests for alternative test materials or tests in accessible formats after you have made your entry. If your requirements change between making the exam entry and the exam day, please contact us and we will be happy to provide a refund.

Thank you for your understanding.

Support for candidates with specific needs taking ABRSM exams

Our policy

ABRSM is committed to providing fair access to our exams for candidates with specific needs. In this section, you can find out about the access arrangements and reasonable adjustments we can provide in our Fair Access Guidelines. Please take the time to review our Access Policy.

The policy is available in alternative formats upon request.

Important updates from 2020
  • All applications for Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments must be selected at the time of entry and before the entry closing date.
  • Applications for access arrangements and reasonable adjustments must be made each time the candidate is entered for an exam.
  • We will be unable to accept any late requests for Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments so please check your candidate’s specific needs before you make their entry.
  • If changes are made to an entry after the entry closing date, we will not be able to transfer any Access Arrangement or Reasonable Adjustment to the updated entry.

Selecting access arrangements and reasonable adjustments

You can now choose from a wider range of access arrangements and reasonable adjustments when making exam entries. We are not making any changes to the provisions we offer candidates with specific needs.

Fair Access Guidelines

Contact details

Access Coordinator

ABRSM
4 London Wall Place
London
EC2Y 5AU

T +44 (0)20 7467 7342
E [email protected]

Accessibility Statement

Please click here to read our accessibility statement relating to Online Music Theory Exams.

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