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Practical exam appointments

We have now published all practical exam appointments. Please log in to your online account to view your exam times.

Late booking and rescheduling exams

Late booking for our remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams is open until 4 November.

Late booking and rescheduling for our practical and ARSM exams at a Public Venue is now open until 16 December.

You can make late bookings and reschedule exams through your online account.  Both are subject to availability at the time you log in. To check availability go to our online service, click ‘Public Venue booking’, proceed to venue availability and search the map in ‘Your preferences’. You do not need to log in or commit to a booking to check for appointments.

Syllabus overlap information

In the first year of a new instrumental/singing syllabus, we offer an overlap period during which candidates may follow specific requirements from the preceding syllabus. Information on the length of the overlap period and the requirements that it applies to are given for relevant syllabuses below (information is added for syllabuses during the final year of their published validity period).

Any new requirements not mentioned below take effect from 1 January of their year of introduction.

Practical Grades: Candidates worldwide may play set pieces from the 2016–2019 syllabus until 31 December 2020. All pieces must be from the same syllabus – candidates may not perform a mixture of pieces from the 2016–2019 and 2020–2023 syllabuses.

Please note, due to COVID-19 we are happy to extend this overlap to the first opportunity for candidates to take their exam in 2021. Special permission is no longer required. Candidates should inform the examiner, and/or indicate on the programme form, that they are playing pieces from the 2016–2019 syllabus.

Any candidate starting preparations for an exam in 2021 must use the new 2020–2023 syllabus.

Performance Grades: Candidates worldwide may play their three set pieces from the 2016–2019 syllabus until 31 December 2020. All three set pieces must be from the same syllabus – candidates may not perform a mixture of pieces from the 2016–2019 and 2020–2023 syllabuses. This restriction does not apply to the fourth, own-choice piece, which may be chosen from anywhere. NB, the Performance Grades syllabus for 2020–2023 should be followed for all other exam requirements.

Please note, due to COVID-19 we are happy to extend this overlap to the first opportunity for candidates to take their exam in 2021. Special permission is no longer required. Candidates should indicate on the programme form that they are playing pieces from the 2016–2019 syllabus.

Any candidate starting preparations for an exam in 2021 must use the new 2020–2023 syllabus.

 

Practical Grades: Candidates worldwide may use the 1990–2019 syllabus until 31 December 2020. All exam requirements must be from the same syllabus – candidates may not present a mixture of requirements (i.e. pieces or supporting tests) from old and new syllabuses.

Please note, due to COVID-19 we are happy to extend this overlap to the first opportunity for candidates to take their exam in 2021. Special permission is no longer required. Candidates should inform the examiner, and/or indicate on the programme form, that they are using the 1990–2019 syllabus.

Any candidate starting preparations for an exam in 2021 must use the new Percussion syllabus, available for four subjects – Snare Drum, Timpani, Tuned Percussion and Percussion (Combined). 

Performance Grades: Candidates worldwide who wish to use set pieces from the old Percussion syllabus should follow the 1990–2019 Performance Grades syllabus at www.abrsm.org/performancegrades. As exams were disrupted due to COVID-19, and the situation for 2021 remains uncertain, the provision of this syllabus allows a candidate to take a Performance Grades exam using the repertoire they have prepared from the old Practical syllabus. This Performance Grades syllabus is valid for the first opportunity for candidates to take their exam in 2021. Special permission is not required from ABRSM. Candidates should indicate on the programme form that they are playing pieces from the 1990–2019 syllabus.

Any candidate starting preparations for an exam in 2021 must use the new Percussion syllabus, available for four subjects – Snare Drum, Timpani, Tuned Percussion and Percussion (Combined). 

 

 

 

Practical Grades: Candidates worldwide may play their three pieces and scales from the 2019 & 2020 syllabus until 31 December 2021. All three pieces and scales must be from the same syllabus – candidates may not perform a mixture from the 2019 & 2020 and 2021 & 2022 syllabuses.

Performance Grades: Candidates worldwide may play their three set pieces from the 2019 & 2020 syllabus until 31 December 2021. All three set pieces must be from the same syllabus – candidates may not perform a mixture from the 2019 & 2020 and 2021 & 2022 syllabuses. This restriction does not apply to the fourth, own-choice piece, which may be chosen from anywhere.

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