Results and certificates

All candidates receive a mark form showing the marks awarded for each section of the exam with comments from the examiner. This will be available from your ABRSM account. Candidates who pass their exam also receive a certificate, sent by post to the applicant.

When will candidates receive their results?

We send you an email when results are ready to view online.

Face-to-face Practical Grades and ARSM – within one week of the exam date, subject to quality assurance checks

Digital Performance Grades and ARSM – within one week of submitting the exam video, subject to quality assurance checks

  • Candidates with an account also receive a results email seven days after we have released results to the applicant.
  • We aim to issues results as quickly as possible while providing the highest possible standards of assessment. Sometimes we carry out additional checks, which may delay the release of results. This is an important part of our quality assurance process and may take up to four weeks.
  • If you have booked exams for more than one candidate we may not release all the results at the same time. We will email you every time results becomes available.

What about certificates?

We post certificates to the applicant, usually within four months of releasing results.  Your local ABRSM contact organises the distribution of certificates and you can contact them for updates – click here for contact details. If there is no local contact for your country we will send certificates directly to the applicant.

All candidates receive a mark form showing the marks awarded for each question as well as the total number of marks. 

  • For Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) this will be available from your ABRSM account.
  • For paper-based exams (Grades 6 to 8) the overall result will be available online and we will send a paper mark from by post to the applicant.

Candidates who pass their exam also receive a certificate, sent by post to the applicant.

When will candidates receive their results?

We send you an email when results are ready to view online.

Applicants will receive this around four weeks after the exam date, subject to quality assurance checks.

Candidates with an account also receive a results email seven days after we have released results to the applicants.

What about certificates and Grade 6 to 8 mark forms?

We post certificates and Grades 6 to 8 paper mark forms to the applicant, usually within four months of releasing results. Your local ABRSM contact country organises the distribution of certificates and you can contact them for updates – click here for contact details. If there is no local contact for your country we will send certificates and Grade 6 to 8 mark forms directly to the applicant.

There are no marks awarded for these assessments. Instead, examiners write comments on the certificates during the exam and hand this to candidate at the end of their assessment.

All diploma candidates receive a paper mark showing the marks awarded for each section of the exam, with comments from the examiner. Candidates who pass their exam also receive a certificate. We send mark forms and certificates to the applicant by post.

Before issuing, we send all diploma results and mark forms for review by our diploma committees. This is an essential part of our quality assurance process and may take up to three months

Viewing exam results

We will email you when your results are ready to view. To view results:

  • Log in to your account.
  • Go to ‘My previous exams’ at the bottom of the page.
  • Where results are available, you will see the total mark next to each candidate.
  • For practical exams, you will also see a mark form icon.
  • Click on the icon to view and download the PDF form.
  • Where results are not yet available, you will see ‘Pending’ next to a candidate’s exam. We will email you when these results are ready to view.

Downloading multiple mark forms

Applicants with more than one practical candidate can either download each mark form as an individual PDF or download multiple marks forms within one PDF. To download multiple mark forms as one PDF:

  • Go to ‘My previous exams’.
  • Complete the ‘Results from / to’ dates and the ‘Venue name’ to show which group of results you want to download.
  • Click ‘Download mark forms’.

Releasing results to candidates

Once we’ve released a result to an applicant, they can immediately generate an email to tell candidates (parents/carers) that their results are ready to view.

  • Go to ‘My previous exams’.
  • Click ‘Release to candidate’ next to a result.
  • If the candidate (parent/carer) has an ABRSM account, they will receive an email letting them know that they can log in and view their result.
  • If the candidate (parent/carer) does not have an ABRSM account, this will prompt the applicant to supply an email address for the candidate. The candidate will then receive an email inviting them to set up an account and view their result.

Quality assurance checks

Sometimes we send results for additional checking and moderation, which may delay their release. We aim to issue results as quickly as we can, while providing the highest possible standards of assessment.

In the exam room

All examiners use our examiner app to deliver and mark practical exams.

  • During the exam, examiners use an iPad to complete mark forms.
  • The app will automatically audio record exams, providing us with recordings to help with quality assurance, examiner training and enquiries about results.
  • Audio recording happens automatically and will not disturb or interrupt the exam in any way.
  • Recordings are for internal use only so won’t be available to applicants or candidates.
  • All iPads used by our examiners are supplied and set up by ABRSM, with the camera function disabled.

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