Latest exam updates

Performance Grade booking

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check here for dates and fees.

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.

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ABRSM aims to ensure that every candidate is given a warm, welcoming and positive exam experience. Our examiners’ maxim is “I’ll do my best to help you do your best”, which guides and drives all aspects of ABRSM examining practice.

Naturally, we hope that candidates and applicants will have no cause to complain about the quality of ABRSM’s exam service or ABRSM exam results, though we realise and acknowledge that there may be times when this is not the case. 

Accordingly, ABRSM has teams and staff members within the Chief Examiner’s and Global Operations department who are dedicated to dealing with enquiries, complaints or appeals relating to ABRSM's exam delivery and assessment or venue-related concerns. 

However, there is no objective, quantifiable means by which ABRSM can amend Practical exam marks once an assessment has been finalised, as the primary evidence upon which the assessment is based is live musical performance. 

ABRSM invests significantly in the training and ongoing professional support and monitoring of its team of both examiners and wider representatives, in order to ensure that candidates receive an efficient, accurate, friendly and positive exam experience. 

As the UK’s largest music education body, with more than 125 years as an awarding body in the field of musical assessment, ABRSM has deep expertise and experience in this field.

Exam feedback policies 
Practical and Performance Grade Exams

You should submit any feedback or concerns through our online service. You can choose from the following options:

You can also access these options via the Help button at the top of the online service dashboard.

If you have any questions about how to submit your feedback or concerns, please use the contact us form.

Reasonable adjustments and special consideration appeals

We do all we can to ensure that candidates are provided with appropriate access arrangements and special considerations where they meet the requirements set out in our policies, so that exams taken are the most accurate reflection of their skills, knowledge and understanding.

If, however, you are unsatisfied with the outcome of an application for access arrangements or special consideration, then you can appeal this decision. Appeals must be received in writing within 14 days of receipt of the decision stating the grounds for your appeal and providing any supporting evidence. Appeals should be submitted using the Submit a complaint option on our online service. Once completed, any supplementary evidence should be sent to [email protected], with reference to the submitted appeal.

The appeal will be reviewed by a senior colleague who was not involved in the original decision. As part of the appeal, ABRSM will review all available evidence, including the information submitted by you. You should expect to receive an outcome within three weeks of submitting the appeal.

Malpractice and maladministration appeals

The integrity of the examinations we conduct and the qualifications we award is paramount. We therefore take any form of malpractice very seriously. We will issue penalties or sanctions where appropriate. 

If, however, you wish to appeal a malpractice penalty or sanction, you can appeal this decision. Appeals must be submitted in writing within 14 days of receipt of the decision, stating the grounds for your appeal and providing any supporting evidence. Appeals should be submitted using the Submit a complaint option on our online service. Once completed, any supplementary evidence should be sent to [email protected], with reference to the submitted appeal. 

The appeal will be reviewed by a senior colleague who was not involved in the original decision. As part of the appeal, ABRSM will review all available evidence, including the information submitted by you. You should expect to receive an outcome within three weeks of submitting the appeal.

Positive feedback

We love to hear about your positive exam day experiences. We pass on your feedback to examiners, stewards and invigilators wherever possible. Please let us know about anything they did that made a positive difference on your exam day. You can send your positive feedback through our online service: Submit positive feedback.

When to expect your results

Visit our section on results and certificates.

On-the-day concerns

If you have any concerns arising on the day of your exam, please contact us within seven days of the exam taking place. This will help us to investigate the matter before we issue results. You can submit concerns or feedback via the Help section of our the online service or via the links on this page. Please read the guidance on this page before submit your feedback.

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