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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.

Section 1: Practical & Music Theory graded exams, Prep Test & Performance Assessment

1. We have a late entry period which is open for one week after the online closing date.

2. During this period, we will accept entries, providing they are made online using the late entry form and the full fee is paid.

3. If you have not made an exam entry before, you must register as an Applicant before using the online late entry form.

4. We do not make an additional charge for late entries.

5. Please note that some ABRSM-run exam centres may be fully booked and will not be available for late entries.

6. We cannot accept date preferences or special requests for late entries.

7. We do not accept postal entries after the postal closing date or any late entries by email or telephone.

8. We cannot accept any further entries once the late entry period has closed. Exceptions will only be made where an Applicant has already made an entry at a Visit (Regulation 7) and additional candidate(s) can be added without disrupting the timetable (Practical) or requiring additional/alternative exam papers (Music Theory). Applicants who wish to request this should contact us by telephone (+44 (0)20 7636 5400).

9. For Special Visits, we must receive entries no later than 28 days before the chosen exam date. We will only consider exceptions where an Applicant has already made a Special Visit entry and additional candidate(s) can be added without disrupting the timetable. Applicants who wish to request this should email [email protected].

10. We reserve the right to refuse, invalidate or cancel any entry and to return an entry received after the closing date has passed. In such cases the entry fee(s) will be returned (Regulation 4e).

Section 2: Diplomas

1. We will accept entries during the late entry period (one week after the closing date) providing they are made by post and the full fee is paid.

2. We cannot accept date preferences or special requests for late entries.

3. We do not accept late entries by email or telephone.

Section 3: Ensembles & Choral Singing

We do not accept late entries for these assessments.

Section 4: Music Medals

There are no closing dates for Music Medals and teachers can make entries at any time. Full details are available at abrsm.org/musicmedals.

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