Latest exam updates

Music Theory update

  • 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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How do I enter an ABRSM exam?

  1. Check local exam dates, fees and entry deadlines

  2. Download and complete an entry form.

  3. Return a copy of the entry form to your local representative or contact together with your exam fee payment.

    Candidates for Practical Grades 6, 7 and 8 must already have passed one of the following qualifications: ABRSM Grade 5 (or above) in Music Theory, Practical Musicianship or a solo Jazz subject. A copy of the certificate or mark form MUST be supplied at the time of entry.

  4. Once you've completed and returned the entry form and payment to your local representative, you'll receive details of your exam appointments by post or email.

Download entry forms

Please ensure that:

Graded music exams and ARSM
Ensembles and Choral Singing exams
DipABRSM, LRSM and FRSM diplomas

*DipABRSM and LRSM Performance & Direction candidates only. Print out this declaration and give it to the examiners at the start of your exam.

Retaking a Diploma exam

*Teaching, Direction and FRSM Performance candidates only. Attach this to the front of any Submitted Work sent with your application.

**DipABRSM and LRSM Performance & Direction candidates only. Print out this declaration and give it to the examiners at the start of your exam.

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