Latest exam updates

Performance Grade exams

We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check our Dates and Fees page for details.

Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)

We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.

The Commonwealth Resounds

Along with The Commonwealth Resounds and the Purcell School, ABRSM is a founding partner and funder of the Commonwealth International Composition Award (CICA).  Since its launch in April 2019, CICA has encouraged a diverse range of young people from around the world to discover and develop their musical creativity through the medium of composition. It provides educational resources, mentorship and cash prizes for under 18s.  An educational programme runs alongside the competition, which is supported by ‘Go Compose’ workshops around the world. 

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