How to book exams at Private Visits

In some countries or regions it may be possible for exams to take place at a venue provided by a teacher, school or other organisation, rather than at one of our Public Venues. Only candidates of the Visit Organiser or their Permitted Applicants can take exams at a Private Visit.

Percussion, Organ and Harpsichord exams can only take place at a Private Visit as we are unable to offer them at our Public Venues.

To find out more about requesting a Private Visit and what’s involved, contact your local ABRSM representative or contact us directly.

Visit Organisers book and run Private Visits. They may or may not be exam applicants. The Visit Organiser is responsible for applying for approval for their venue, requesting a Private Visit and for sharing their Venue Code with any Permitted Applicants.

If you are a Visit Organiser or are interested in becoming one, please check our Additional Information for Private Visits to find out more and to read our terms and conditions.

Permitted Applicants have received permission from a Visit Organiser to book candidates at a Private Visit. The Visit Organiser will provide you with a venue code, which you will need to enter when you book candidates at the visit for the first time.

Exam dates

  • Instrumental and singing exams – the Visit Organiser can choose their date(s) when they book, excluding Sundays and Bank Holidays.
  • Organ, Percussion, Harpsichord, Choral Singing and Jazz Ensemble exams – the Visit Organiser can choose a date when they book, excluding Sundays and Bank Holidays. We aim to arrange an examiner for your chosen date, but cannot guarantee this. We will let you know the final date, once we’ve confirmed the visit. 

Paper-based Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) –  these exams take place on set dates and there are set booking periods. Check our dates and fees page for details.

Face-to-face instrumental and singing exams – Practical Grades, ARSM diploma, Prep Test, Performance Assessment and DipABRSM, LRSM and FRSM diplomas

  • Private Visits for instrumental and singing exams take place on a date or dates chosen by the Visit Organiser (excluding Sundays and Bank Holidays).
  • We require a minimum number of candidates – at least three hours of examining - unless candidates are taking Harpsichord, Organ or Percussion exams.
  • You can have jazz exams at a Private Visit if you have a minimum of one hour of jazz exams. The total examining time for the whole visit must be at least three hours.We also offer jazz exams at ABRSM Jazz Visits. These are organised by us and open to all candidates.
  • For diploma visits – DipABRSM, LRSM and FRSM exams – you must have at least three hours of diploma exams and can request a particular date.
  • Check our exam timings to work out how much examining time you have and how many days you need to book. Each Private Visit day can include up to 6 hours 30 minutes of exams, plus lunch and breaks, with a start time of 9.00am or 9.30am.

Face-to-face Organ, Percussion, Harpsichord, Choral Singing and Jazz Ensemble exams

  • Exams for these subjects must take place at a Private Visit as we are unable to hold them at our Public Venues.
  • There is no minimum number of examining hours.
  • We aim to provide an examiner on your chosen date, but cannot guarantee this. We will let you know the final date, once we’ve confirmed the visit. 

Paper-based Music Theory exams – Grades 6 to 8 only

  • Private Visits for Grade 6 to 8 Music Theory exams can only take place at educational institutions/organisations or the education department of a prison or hospital.
  • Exams take place on set dates and there is no minimum number of candidates.

If you are interested in holding online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) for more than one candidates at a single venue, see our online Music Theory guidance.

Booking periods are usually two weeks long. You can check dates here.

You may be able to add extra candidates after booking has closed if space is available in the timetable. However, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to book exams at this stage.

We are unable to accept late bookings for Music Theory exams or DipABRSM, LRSM and FRSM diplomas.

The Visit Organiser is responsible for contacting candidates and any Permitted Applicants to let them know the finalised exam times.

Step-by-step guides

For detailed booking guidance for Private Visits see our:

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