Latest exam updates

Music Theory update

  • 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) – the next exams will take place in June. Please note, dates and booking periods for Grades 1-5 and Grades 6-8 may be different from now on. For full details, see our dates and fees page.
  • 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. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

For more information click here.

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Exact dates will be announced soon. Please check here for more information. 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 using our online service. Please also read our discount information and terms and conditions here.

To all candidates requesting alternative tests and tests in accessible formats

ABRSM produces a wide range of alternative tests and tests in braille, large and modified print. These tests are produced on demand from facilities in our office. Due to restrictions relating to Coronavirus, we are currently not able to access our office as flexibly or as regularly as usual. We shall do everything we can to ensure that we can continue to provide the materials you need for your exam, but there may be occasions where this is not possible due to circumstances beyond our control.

What we have done
We have explored alternative means of producing and delivering materials to examiners. We shall also produce and send these materials earlier than usual to allow for contingencies.

How you can help us to help you
If you require any kind of alternative test materials or tests in accessible formats, it is really important that you select the relevant option when making your exam entry online. If you require any advice on what options are most appropriate, please email our Access Coordinator ahead of making your entry.

If you require assistance with making your exam entry, please review the guidance and videos on our website.

In line with our Access policy, we shall not be able to accept requests for alternative test materials or tests in accessible formats after you have made your entry. If your requirements change between making the exam entry and the exam day, please contact us and we will be happy to provide a refund.

Thank you for your understanding.

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 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

You can now 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]

Accessibility Statement

Please click here to read our accessibility statement relating to Online Music Theory Exams.

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