Latest exam updates

Online Music Theory – booking open

Our first online Music Theory exams for Grades 1 to 5 in Singapore will take place on 12 December 2020.The booking period for these exams is 26 October to 9 November. Find out more about online Music Theory.

Remotely-assessed Performance Grades and ARSM – exam dates

The first booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams is 1 to 8 December. The exam session is 5 to 31 January 2021. Find out more about Performance Grades.

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To book exams you will need to use our new online booking service. You can create your new account in advance 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.

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Latest updates  - 23 October

Performance Grades – first exam session and 15% discount

Performance Grades are our new performance-focused exams, which examiners assess remotely from a video recording submitted by the candidate. Candidates prepare four pieces or songs and can record their exam performance in a location of their choice, at a time that suits them. Remotely-assessed ARSM exams are also available.

The booking period for our first remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams is 1 to 8 December 2020 and the exam session runs from 5 to 31 January 2021.

We are pleased to offer applicants a 15% introductory discount on the full fee for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams booked in December 2020. We will email a discount code to all applicants before the booking period opens. You can then enter this code when you book exams using our new online booking service. We will provide further instructions by email with your discount code. The full fees have been published on our website. 


Visit our Performance Grades pages  for further information and syllabuses.  For more advice and tips, visit our YouTube Performance Grades playlist.


Online Music Theory – 2021 dates

Earlier this year we announced that we are moving Music Theory at Grades 1 to 5 to an online exam and have made some changes to the questions and the syllabus for these exams. Candidates will be able to take their exam in any location where they have access to a laptop or desktop computer with a webcam and the internet.

In 2021 we are offering six dates for Grade 1 to 5 exams and the following are confirmed:

  • Tuesday 16 March at 17.00 (Booking period: 1 to 8 February)
  • Sunday 23 May at 10.00 (Booking period: 6 to 13 April)
  • Saturday 19 June at 10.00 (Booking period: 4 to 11 May)

These are global dates and will be the same for all candidates worldwide. Online Music Theory exams later in the year will take place in August, October and November. We will publish exact dates for these exams on our website soon, along with planned dates for paper-based exams at Grades 6 to 8.

You can find all our online Music Theory information and resources here.

Face-to-face practical exams in 2021

We have now published planned dates for face-to-face practical exams in 2021. However, we will need to keep these dates under review as we can only accept bookings if COVID travel and government restrictions are lifted. We will provide an update nearer to each booking period.

To check exam dates for 2021 click here.

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Where to find sheet music

Many retailers are continuing to provide sheet music, books, instruments and accessories through online or mail order services. View our shops list here.

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