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.

Elevate

The Music Commission report, published in March 2019, set out key themes and recommendations for improving how governments, music organisations, schools, teachers, parents and learners, look at progress and progression in learning music. In direct response to this, ABRSM and its four Royal Schools partners – the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, launched Elevate in February 2020. 

Elevate is a programme of investment for music projects in ten UK communities, established to better understand how to sustain young people’s musical learning in areas where they face significant barriers.

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