Latest exam updates

Performance Grade exams

We are now offering Performance Grade exams every month. Please check here for dates and fees. We are extending the introductory 15% discount for these exams so that it applies to all remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams in 2021. Just enter code ABPG15ID when you book. Please also read our terms and conditions here.

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 Grades discount

Claiming your 15% discount

We are pleased to extend an introductory 15% discount on the full fee for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams in 2021. To claim your 15% discount, just enter the following discount code when you book exams.


You will be prompted to enter the code when you make a booking using our new online service. You can find full booking instructions in our PDF guide - How to book a remotely-assessed Performance Grade or ARSM exam – available under Key Documents here.

This offer is valid on the purchase of full priced exams only. The discount is subject to availability and ABRSM reserves the right to end the discount at any time. The discount code must be entered at the time of booking – it cannot be applied at a later date for any reason, and no cash alternative can be offered.

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