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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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.

Booking exams - Jazz

We are making some changes to the way we provide Jazz exams. Candidates who want to take a Jazz exam can do this at ABRSM Jazz Visits, organised by us on set dates in our main exam sessions. We will provide a list of ABRSM Jazz Visits with dates, venues and Venue Codes when the booking period opens. To book exams, choose your ABRSM Jazz Visit, go to the Private Visit section of our exam booking service and enter the Venue Code. You can then enter candidate and exam details, book and pay.

Jazz exams can take place at a practical Private Visit, as long as there is at least one hour of Jazz examining time and the total examining time for the visit is at least three hours.

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