Latest exam updates

Practical Session 3 update

We are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity. However, on the basis of official and local advice we will be cancelling Session 3 Practical exams scheduled for  26 August – 30 September. Our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course. We are very sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and we will continue to monitor the situation. Thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place.

We will be gradually rolling out remotely-assessed Performance Grades internationally starting before the end of 2020 and will share exam dates and booking periods soon.

Singapore office closure and update on Practical session 1 results

On government advice, we will continue to work from home during Phase 2 and possibly 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]

Unfortunately, hard copy results for Practical Session 1 exams, specifically 16-19 March, will be delayed due to the office closure. We are sorry for the delay and will send these out as soon as we have access to the office.

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 January 2019, all Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments must be selected at the time of entry and before the entry closing date.
  • Access arrangements and reasonable adjustments must be selected 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

Please select the most appropriate access code on the entry form, based on your candidate’s specific needs. If the required access arrangement or reasonable adjustment is not listed, please contact the representative for your country.

 

Fair Access Guidelines

Specific needs codes (non-UK)

Code

Description

A

for an amanuensis (Theory)

B

for Braille memory test in place of sight-reading or Braille Theory paper (if an amanuensis is also required, please attach a separate note)

C

for candidates with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

D

for candidates with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia or other learning difficulties

I

for candidates who will be bringing an interpreter (Practical). A candidate who is not comfortable using English is allowed to bring an independent person as interpreter – Regulation 13 (b)

L

for large notation Practical sight-reading test or large print Theory paper

M

for large notation memory test (Practical)

P

for modified staff notation sight-reading test (Practical)

Q

for modified staff notation memory test (Practical)

R

for the aural repetition test in place of the sight-reading test (Practical)

S

for special aural tests for hearing impaired candidates (Practical)

T

for a translation of the Theory paper (Local language only – specify language required)

X

for Theory candidates who are unable to sit an exam on the published date for religious reasons

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.

We have made some important updates to the process for requesting Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments. Please take the time to review our updated Access Policy on this page, or download the policy as a PDF.

The policy is available in alternative formats upon request.

Important Updates from April 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

From April 2020, you will be able to 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]

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