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 ABPG15VN 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.

We're committed to providing high-quality music education products and services to all our users. 

We value our standing as the UK's largest music education body, one of the largest music publishers and the world’s leading provider of music exams. We hope you're pleased with the products you've bought or the services you've received from us. However, if there's something you’re not happy with, please let us know. We take all complaints seriously and will do everything we can to put matters right.

There are some things that aren't covered by this policy. It doesn't apply to employees or consultants, or in any situation where we have a pre-existing complaints process in place. If you make a complaint under this policy and we think it'd be better dealt with using a different process, then we reserve the right to do so.

Exam feedback or concerns

For complaints and feedback relating to an exam, please see our guidance for sending exam feedback.

Safeguarding concerns

We also have a dedicated policy for dealing with any safeguarding concerns. See our Safeguarding Children Policy, Procedures and Code of Practice.

Who is this complaints policy for?

  • Anyone buying goods or services from us other than our exams, such as our sheet music and books
  • Anyone who's unhappy with the services provided by our staff in carrying out their duties
  • Anyone who has (or has had) a working relationship with ABRSM who's not (or was not) an employee or consultant, such as an examiner

Please let us know as soon as possible so that we can try to resolve your complaint quickly. Contact us by submitting a complaint via your account on our online booking service or send us an email.

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If you need to contact us by email please:

  • Include your Contact ID, name and contact details, including mobile number and email address where relevant
  • Explain what your complaint is about, including relevant dates
  • Tell us whether the complaint relates to you or if you're complaining on someone else’s behalf
  • If your complaint is about an individual associated with ABRSM, please tell us their name if you know it
  • Tell us what outcome you'd like to achieve
  • We'll log your complaint so that we have a record of it
  • If we need to, we may contact you for more information
  • We'll review your complaint and forward it to the right team or person
  • We'll give you a response as soon as we can

If you're happy with our response, we'll close the complaint record and take steps to make any improvements to our products or services.

If you're not happy with our response, you can ask for a review.

  • The review will be made by a senior member of staff with no direct involvement in the initial investigation
  • We'll let you know the result of the review as soon as we can
  • This will be the end of the process and we won't carry out another review
  • We'll generally give reasons for any decisions made but aren't obliged to give all details
  • You can't submit the same complaint more than once

This policy isn't contractual and doesn't confer any legal rights. We'll generally follow the policy but can depart from it if we think that it's appropriate to do so.

We can amend or discontinue the policy at any time and for any reason without prior notice. Nothing in this policy excludes any rights that you have through other channels, such as the Charity Commission.

We aim to carry out an annual review of complaints received to identify any aspects of our products or services that need to improve.

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