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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 ABPG15TH 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.

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Our assessments are an effective and reliable way to motivate learners. They provide carefully structured syllabus requirements, progressive goals to work towards, an objective evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses in a learner’s performance and recognition for achievement.

Preparing for and taking these exams encourages learners to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding, something that provides a foundation for future musical learning and activities of all kinds.

NEW Performance Grades

In addition to our Practical Grades, and other assessments listed below, we now offer Performance Grades for instrumental and singing subjects at Grades 1 to 8. In these exams, candidates present a continuous programme of four pieces or songs with the assessment including a focus on the performance as a whole.

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