Latest exam updates

Exam refunds

To support customers affected by ongoing COVID restrictions, for Practical and Performance Grade exams from 1st January to 31st May 2021 any absent candidate will automatically receive a refund. This includes Performance Grades where the candidate has been unable to record and upload their video. You do not need to contact us to request a refund. However, it will help us if you can log in to your account and cancel the exam. Find out more: https://www.abrsm.org/en/latestupdates

For Online Music Theory exams and any paper based exams taking place outside of the UK/Ireland we anticipate COVID restrictions will not prevent candidates from sitting their exam so absentee candidate will not automatically receive a refund and our normal Withdrawal, non-attendance and fee refunds policy still applies.

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) – the next exams will take place in June. Please note, dates and booking periods for Grades 1-5 and Grades 6-8 may be different from now on. For full details, see our dates and fees page.
  • 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. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

For more information click here.

Performance Grade booking

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Exact dates will be announced soon. Please check here for more information.

Exam timings

How long do exams take?

Our exams are designed to give all candidates enough time to show their potential in the exam room. Below you'll find the exam timings:

 

Practical

Music Theory**  

Keyboard subjects

Singing

Harp and Organ

All other subjects

Prep Test

10 mins

10 mins

-

12 mins

-

Initial Grade

12 mins

13 mins

17 mins

12 mins

90 mins

Grade 1*

12 mins

13 mins

17 mins

12 mins

90 mins

Grades 2 & 3*

12 mins

15 mins

19 mins

14 mins

90 mins

Grades 4 & 5*

15 mins

15 mins

22 mins

17 mins

120 mins

Grade 6

20 mins

20 mins

25 mins

20 mins

180 mins

Grade 7

25 mins

25 mins

30 mins

25 mins

180 mins

Grade 8

30 mins

30 mins

35 mins

30 mins

180 mins

ARSM

40 mins

40 mins

40 mins

40 mins

-

Performance Assessment

15 mins

15 mins

20 mins

15 mins

-

* NB an additional three minutes is applied to Jazz exams.
**Music Theory candidates may leave at any time after 40 minutes if finished early

 

Ensembles

Instrumental/Vocal & Jazz

Choral Singing

Primary/Initial Ensembles

17 mins

20 mins

Intermediate Ensembles

23 mins

22 mins

Advanced Ensembles

30 mins

25 mins

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