Latest exam updates

Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – we will not be offering these exams in March. The next exams at Grades 6 to 8 will be in June 2021.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing.

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Remotely-assessed Performance Grades and ARSM 

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams is in February – for details see our dates and fees page

Performance Grade booking

The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens in February. For details, see our dates and fees page.

Supporting musical journeys

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At ABRSM we are dedicated to supporting music teachers and learners in the best way we can.

We do this through our exams, books, resources and events, but also by reviewing and updating the service we provide for our customers. Recently we have been hard at work in both of these areas. We have been creating new resources to guide and inspire learners, and we have been developing a new online service to make life easier for exam applicants, candidates and parents.

Our new online service

We are very excited to be introducing a new online service for our most popular exams. This will cover everything from booking exams to receiving results. We are almost ready to tell you more. So please look out for detailed information in the next couple of weeks, by email and on our website.

New digital resources

Last year we also released our free Music Case practice app that provides a simple, effective way for learners and teachers to track practice and progress. More recently we launched Journeys, our online learning platform for electric guitarists that helps them to learn and play their favourite songs.

Some things will always stay the same

We may be making some changes, but some things will always stay the same: our support for music teacher and learners, our commitment to quality in everything we do, and our passion for music and music education.

Find out more

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Look out for more information about our new online service in the next couple of weeks.

Music Case is free for anyone to use. It's a great way for learners to make the most of their practice time. Find out more about Music Case.

Journeys is available now for electric guitar. Visit our Journeys website.

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