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.

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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.

Performance Grades discount

Claiming your 15% discount

We are pleased to extend an introductory 15% discount on the full fee for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams in 2021. To claim your 15% discount, just enter the following discount code when you book exams.


You will be prompted to enter the code when you make a booking using our new online service. You can find full booking instructions in our PDF guide - How to book a remotely-assessed Performance Grade or ARSM exam – available under Key Documents here.

This offer is valid on the purchase of full priced exams only. The discount is subject to availability and ABRSM reserves the right to end the discount at any time. The discount code must be entered at the time of booking – it cannot be applied at a later date for any reason, and no cash alternative can be offered.

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