Latest exam updates

Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)

We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.

Performance Grade exams

We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check our Dates and Fees page for details.

Exam dates and fees 2021

Diploma retake fees

Please note that retake fees apply only to candidates applying for a partial retake (2.2 or 2.1 and 2.2, etc.). If candidates are retaking the complete exam, the full fee is payable.

Additional information

Practical exam timings by region

Approximate times of Australia Practical exams only:

Region 1st session 2nd session
ACT June late October
New South Wales late June – early July mid-November – mid-December
Queensland June late October
South Australia June late October/early November
Victoria June mid-November – early December
Western Australia late May – early June late October – mid-November

Other fees and charges (2021)*

 

Exam taken after 1993

Exam taken from 1977 to 1993

Exam taken before 1977

Confirmation of marks

free of charge

£44.00

£54.00

Duplicate certificate

£12.50
(Diplomas £19.50)

Included under confirmation of marks fee (see above)

Included under confirmation of marks fee (see above)


Practical results review (Grades 1-5)

£25.00

Practical results review (Grades 6-8 & ARSM)

£40.00

Online Theory marks review (Grades 1-5)

£10.00

Theory appeal investigation (Grades 6-8) **

Half of the entry fee

External review (Practical & Theory)

£60.00

* The above charges should be paid direct to ABRSM's office in London by sterling draft presentable in the UK or by credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Sterling drafts should be payable to ‘The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music’.

If you wish to pay locally please contact your Local Representative who will advise you of the local fee and method of payment.

** For multiple candidates, the investigation fee charged will not exceed five times the local Grade 5 Practical/Music Theory fee.

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