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 ABPG15IN 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.

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.

This page includes information about:

  • Practical exam appointments at Public Venues
  • Exam submission dates for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams
  • How to change an exam appointment or submission date
  • Music Theory exams at Public Venues and Private Visits (Grades 6 to 8 only)

For information about practical Private Visit timetables and appointments click here.

Practical exam appointments at Public Venues

During the booking period you can choose exam dates and venues from a list of available options before booking and paying for your exams. Once the booking period has closed and we have finalised the timetables, we will email applicants, and candidates (parents/carers) who have an account, to let them know they can log in to view their confirmed exam appointments including the time.  This usually happens around two weeks after the booking period has closed. Once appointments are confirmed, you can log in to your account at any time to view your exam bookings and check date, time and venue information.

For information about making a late booking once the booking period has closed click here.

Exam submission dates for remotely-assessed performance Grades and ARSM exams

When you book a exam you can select an exam submission date from a list of available options. This is the latest date for submitting your exam recording to us using our online service. Once you’ve booked an exam, you can submit the exam recording at any time, as long as you do this by the exam submission date/time.

Changing practical exam appointments at Public Venues or submission dates for remotely-assessed Performance Grade or ARSM exams.

Once appointment times have been confirmed applicants (around two weeks after the booking period has closed), and candidates (parents/carers) with an account, can log in to their account to change an appointment or submission date. Alternative slots are offered subject to availability. We are unable to reschedule appointments by phone or email.

  • You can change an appointment up to 48 hours before the exam date.
  • You will only be able to view alternative slots that are more than 48 hours ahead.
  • For practical exams at Public Venues you only see slots that are equal to or longer than the length of your exam. For example, if your exam appointment is 15 minutes long, you will only be able to see alternative appointments of 15 minutes or more.
  • Once you’ve found a suitable alternative appointment, you can move the candidate into the new slot.
  • You can only reschedule one exam at a time and we are unable to transfer access arrangements to a rescheduled appointment.
  • If a candidate has access arrangements booked, please consider this carefully before changing their appointment.

Practical exams at Private Visits

Once the booking period has closed we will email the Visit Organiser, any Permitted Applicants, and candidates (parents/carers) who have an account, to let them know they can log in to view their appointments.

For information about making late bookings once a Private Visit has been confirmed click here.

Music Theory exams

Music Theory exams take place on set dates and at set times. Around two weeks after the booking period has closed we will email applicants, and candidates (parents/carers) with an account, to let them know that they can log in to view their confirmed exam details.

 

Practical exams at Public Venues

When you book you can choose exam dates and venues from a list of available options. Once the booking period has closed and we have finalised the timetables, we will email applicants, and candidates (parents/carers) who have an account, to let them know they can log in to view their confirmed exam appointments including the time.  This usually happens around two weeks after the booking period has closed. Once appointments are confirmed, you can log in to your account at any time to view your exam bookings and check date, time and venue information.

Changing practical exam appointments at Public Venues

Once appointment times have been confirmed applicants (around two weeks after the booking period has closed), and candidates (parents/carers) with an account, can log in to their account to change an appointment or submission date. Alternative slots are offered subject to availability. We are unable to reschedule appointments by phone or email.

You can change an appointment up to 48 hours (two full days) before the exam date. You will only be able to view alternative appointment slots that are more than 48 hours ahead and that are equal to or longer than the length of your exam. For example, if your exam appointment is 15 minutes long, you will only be able to see alternative appointments of 15 minutes or more. Once you’ve found a suitable alternative appointment, you can move the candidate into the new slot.

You can only reschedule one exam at a time and we are unable to transfer access arrangements to a rescheduled appointment. If a candidate has access arrangements booked, please consider this carefully before changing their appointment.

Practical exams at Private Visits

Once the booking period has closed, we will email the Visit Organiser, any Permitted Applicants, and candidates (parents/carers) who have an account, to let them know they can log in to view their appointments.

At this point, the Visit Organiser can rearrange their exam timetable online. You can make changes to your timetable up to 48 hours (two full days) before the Private Visit start date. When you plan your timetable you should follow our standard exam day as closely as possible. Our online timetabling tool will not accept timings that are significantly different. Breaks and lunch cannot be changed.  It is the responsibility of the Visit Organiser to contact their candidates and any Permitted Applicants to let them know the finalised exam times

Standard exam day

  • Session 1 – 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Break – 15 minutes
  • Session 2 – 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Lunch – 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Session 3 – 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Break – 15 minutes
  • Session 4 – 1 hour 30 minutes

Each day can include a maximum of 6 hours and 30 minutes of exams with a start time of 9.00am or 9.30am. Any exams exceeding this will be scheduled the following day. If you would like to make a request for a non-standard timetable you will need email us at [email protected] before exam booking closes (28 days before the Private Visit start date). We cannot consider any alternative timetabling requests once this deadline has passed.

Music Theory exams at Public Venues and Private Visits

Music Theory exams take place on set dates and at set times. Around two weeks after the booking period has closed we will email applicants, and candidates (parents/carers) with an account, to let them know that they can log in to view their confirmed exam details.

How to reschedule a practical exam at a Public Venue or a remotely-assessed Performance Grade or ARSM exam submission date.

Once we’ve confirmed exam appointments you can log in to your account and search for alternative slots.

  • Log in and click ‘Booking details’ to view your booking.
  • You’ll see a list of candidates/exams with a clock icon at the end of each line.
  • Click on a clock icon to search for an alternative exam slot.
  • Once you’ve found a suitable alternative exam appointment or submission date, you can select it for the candidate.
Candidate accounts

Candidates with an account can log in to view their confirmed exam appointments and change practical appointments at Public Venues or submission dates for remotely-assessed exams. Candidates can register and create their own account or parents/carers can do this on their behalf. The account must be registered in the candidate’s name. Find out more about candidate accounts.

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