Latest exam updates

Practical Exams Update – Italy

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.

However, on the basis of official UK Government advice, due to Covid-19, ABRSM has made the decision to cancel all Practical Exams in Italy until further notice. This decision affects all 2020 Practical Exams, ARSM and Diplomas. Following this decision, we will process refunds for all existing exam bookings and we will provide further detailed guidance on this process including timescales soon.

We are sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place. We are continuing to review when live Practical exams can resume in Italy and will offer them again at the earliest possible opportunity.

Our new remotely-assessed Performance Grades provide  an alternative progression route for students during this period of disruption. The Performance Grades are equivalent to our Practical Grades in demand, recognition and value. They are based on the same repertoire and syllabuses, assessment criteria and quality assurance measures as our existing exams and will be assessed by the same highly trained examiners. Booking will open in Italy before the end of the year and you can record your video submission any time from now on. Find out more here.

New books and resources

Discovering Music Theory

A new series of graded workbooks and corresponding answer books that offer all-round preparation for our new online Music Theory exams at Grades 1 to 5.

These full-colour workbooks contain progressive exercises interspersed with timely explanations, tips and reminders, enabling learners to build up knowledge and understanding of music theory step by step. 

Take a look inside these new books:

Sample Papers

Music Theory Sample Papers and Music Theory Sample Model Answers are also available for the new style of exams at Grades 1 to 5.

Available from 8 October 2020. Pre-order your copies from ABRSM’s shop now.

Free Sample Papers and Model Answers

To help candidates become familiar with the new question styles, free Sample Papers and Model Answers for Grades 1 to 5 are available.

More free resources

Here are some additional resources and reference guides to help you get familiar with the new question formats.

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