Latest exam updates

Practical Session 2 Update

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we’re working hard on solutions to ensure they can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity. However, on the basis of official and local advice we are continuing to postpone the entry period for Session 2 Practical.

Provided travel and COVID restrictions are lifted, we hope to open a booking period from 17 August – 23 August with exams to be held November - December. We will continue to keep this under review as our ability to accept bookings will be conditional on restrictions that are currently in place being lifted. Update to Applicants will be announced as soon as we can. Our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course. We are sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and thank you for your loyalty and support at this difficult time.

Music Theory Session B Update

We are postponing the Music Theory exam in Indonesia from 13 September 2020 to 25 October 2020.

The new booking period for Music Theory exams is 3 July – 17 July 2020. As this situation is still evolving, theses dates are subject to change. We will update all our customers if we need to make further changes.

Focusing on all-round musicianship

 

We've designed our Practical graded music exams to motivate instrumental and singing students of all ages and a wide range of abilities. They're available at Grades 1 to 8, as well as a pre-Grade 1 Initial Grade for some subjects. They provide:

  • Progressive goals to aim for
  • Recognition for achievement
  • Carefully structured syllabus requirements
  • One-to-one assessment by an expert professional
  • An objective guide to a candidate’s skills and progress.

ABRSM exams are music exams rather than instrumental or singing exams. Examiners assess the quality of the music-making, not how it's achieved. For this reason, we don't restrict examiners to assessing only their own instrument but require them to examine all instruments.

There are no age restrictions and students can start with any grade or skip grades if they want to.

What's included in a Practical exam?

To succeed in our Practical exams, candidates need a combination of skills and understanding. Broadly, we assess:

  • Performance skills through pieces or songs
  • Technical skills through scales and arpeggios
  • Notation skills through a sight-reading test
  • Listening skills and musical perception through aural tests

How many marks are available?

Total marks in all individual Practical graded exams are 150.

  • 100 marks are required to pass
  • 120 marks are required to pass with merit
  • 130 marks are required to pass with distinction

Find out more about each part of the Practical graded exam

Other key exam information

 

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