Latest Exam News: Updated 4 May

UK & Ireland: Booking for Session 2 Practical exams and June Performance Grades is now open.

COVID updates

For the latest information visit our COVID page here.

Forthcoming exams

Thank you to everyone who’s booked exams. To help you with your exam arrangements at this exceptionally busy time, please remember that there are a number of services available to you by logging in to your ABRSM account:

Self-service options through your online account:

  • Viewing your confirmed exam details
  • Making late bookings for Performance Grade exams (subject to availability)
  • Rescheduling a Performance Grade exam within the current exam session only (subject to availability and up to 48 hours before the date of your exam). Exams cannot be moved or transferred to the next exam session.
  • Checking availability for late bookings and rescheduling. You can view available slots online without logging in or making a booking.

For all of the above, we cannot help you directly if you contact us and logging in to your account allows you to manage your exam booking.

Late booking is available for Session 5 (May) 2021 Performance Grade exams until 21 May 2021.

How to book

Face-to-face practical exams and Grade 6 to 8 Music Theory exams

Candidates can take these exams at Public Venues provided by us or at Private Visits at an approved venue provided by the applicant/Visit Organiser.

Practical exams include: Practical Grades, ARSM, Prep Test and Performance Assessment. Grade 6 to 8 Music Theory is a paper-based exam. (Grades 1 to 5 are available as an online exam only.)

We have separate arrangements for Public Venue Jazz exams at our ABRSM Jazz Visits.

ABRSM exams and COVID

All our COVID information for forthcoming exams, including our amended cancellations policy, is available here.

For Public Venue exams, late booking will open on Monday 19 October. Once open please use the interactive map on the Online Booking Service for confirmation of which venues are open and still have space available for booking. You can do this without logging in or committing to a book an exam.

Before booking or attending any Public Venue exams, all visitors need to read the relevant COVID guidance found on our COVID information page here.

If you are organising a Private Visit (UK only at the moment) please read the important updates to our Private Visit Venue Guidance and Terms and Conditions before you book. These are available on our Private Visits page.

Remotely-assessed exams

These include Performance Grades and ARSM as well as Grades 1 to 5 Music Theory, which are only available as an online exam. Candidates can take these exams in a location of their own choice as long as this meets the requirements stated in the relevant guidelines.

Register or log in

The first time you book exams using our online service you’ll need to register.

Click here to create an account or to log in and book exams.

Who can book an exam?

Anyone aged 18 or over can book exams on behalf of candidates. This could be a teacher, parent/carer or member of staff at a school, music service or other organisation. Candidates aged 18 and over can book their own exams. The person who books the exam is known as the applicant.

Booking exams

We have an online booking service for all graded exams, ARSM, Prep Test and Performance Assessment. We are unable to accept postal bookings for these assessments.

We have a new entry process in place for DipABRSM, LRSM and FRSM (UK only at the moment). Find out more here.

For Choral Singing and Ensemble exams, you will need to book by post. You can download entry forms here.

We have a dedicated service for Music Medals. Find out more here.

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