Latest Exam News: Updated 4 May

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

ABRSM exams and COVID (Ireland)

Essential information for exams taking place from May 2021

Our commitment to safe progression 

We are committed to providing learners with an opportunity to progress safely with their learning and to receive the qualifications they have worked hard for, and that are important for their future.

Due to COVID-19 regulations and travel restrictions that affect our ability to send examiners to Ireland, we are unable to offer a full session for Practical exams (Prep Test, Performance Assessment, Practical Grades and ARSM) in Public Venues exams this summer. We will be able to offer two weeks of Public Venue exams in Dublin (Rochestown Lodge Hotel) from the 14 June to the 26 June. We are also unable to offer Private Visits across the Republic of Ireland. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

We are aware that COVID-19 remains a changeable situation and we will only continue to offer exams if we can do so safely and in line the latest government guidance, travel restrictions and public health guidelines.

We appreciate that not everyone will feel comfortable attending a public venue, and as an alternative to face-to-face practical exams, teachers, parents and candidates may prefer to consider a remotely-assessed Performance Gradeor ARSM exam. These are assessed from a submitted video recording. 

The following information provides a guide to what you can expect this summer and what to do if the exams you have booked are disrupted for COVID-related reasons. 

Providing COVID-safe exams 

The safety of candidates, accompanists, examiners and stewards is paramount. That is why we have adopted strict health and safety rules in line with government and public health guidance. These rules apply to everyone involved in the exam. Please read them before you book and share them with candidates, parents and accompanists where necessary. Everyone should also read them before attending an exam, as they could change at any time. You can find them here: 

Before attending your exam 

  • Please check our website and your email for any notice of cancellation.

Which public venues will be open this session?

Due to COVID-19 regulations and travel restrictions that affect our ability to send examiners to Ireland, we are unable to offer a full session for Practical exams (Prep Test, Performance Assessment, Practical Grades and ARSM) in Public Venues exams this summer. We will be able to offer two weeks of Public Venue exams in Dublin (Rochestown Lodge Hotel) from the 14 June to the 26 June. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Other available venues across the UK and ROI include:

Private Visits, Jazz exams and Diplomas

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, we are still unable to provide Private Visits across the Republic of Ireland. We are also unable to offer any jazz or diploma exams this summer. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

What do I do if my accompanist is unable to attend my exam? 

We normally require live accompaniment, as detailed in the relevant syllabuses. However, while social-distancing requirements are in place, we are offering flexibility to singers and instrumentalists who must usually have an accompanist (or duet partner) on the day of their exam. We will accept unaccompanied performances in face-to-face exams until at least 31 July 2021. Arrangements beyond that are subject to review. Please see our COVID-19 arrangements for accompaniment in practical exams for full details. 

If an accompanist is attending, then strict health rules apply to everyone involved in the exam as detailed in the guidance.

What happens when candidates can’t take their exams?

To support customers affected by COVID-19 restrictions, any absent candidate will automatically receive a full refund. You do not need to contact us to request a refund. However, if you are the exam applicant, it will help us if you log into your account and cancel the exam.

Practical Public Venue exams

  • You can log in and change an exam date up to 48 hours before an exam date (subject to availability within the exam session)
  • If your candidate is unable to take their exam with less than 48 hours’ notice, you do not need to contact us. The exam will be marked as absent and a refund will follow automatically.
  • We will issue refunds within one month of the end of the exam session (not the exam date).

Performance Grades

  • You can log in and change an exam submission date up to 48 hours before an exam date (subject to availability within the exam session). The exam applicant can do this or the candidate (parent/carer) if they have an ABRSM account.
  • Alternatively the person who made the booking (the applicant) can cancel the exam via their account and this will automatically generate a full refund.
  • If your candidate is unable to take their exam with less than 48 hours’ notice, you do not need to contact us. The exam will be marked as absent and a refund will follow automatically.
  • We will issue refunds within one month of the end of the exam session.

Exam type

Exam session

Refunds will be received by

Performance Grades

May

end of June

Performance Grades

June

end of July

Performance Grades

July

end of August

Online Music Theory (grades 1-5)

May-June

end of July

Practical exams in public venues

June-July

end of August

Jazz

June

end of July

Diplomas

July

end of August

 

You can read our full Withdrawals, Non-attendance and Fee Refunds Policy here

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