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Music Exams

Why do an exam?
If you are working hard to make progress with your music you need some way of recognising your success and reassurance that you are on the right road. This is exactly what music exams offer.
ABRSM has been giving structure and support and setting standards for over a hundred years. During that time much has been tried, tested and consolidated. We use that wealth of experience for the benefit and guidance of the many hundreds of thousands who regularly take the grades, knowing that they are part of the most respected and valued system of music exams in the world.

Who are the examiners?
ABRSM’s team of over 600 examiners consists of respected musicians from every branch of the profession. It includes orchestral players, soloists, chamber music players, heads of school music departments and professors from the Royal Schools of Music, many of whose names are well-known in the musical world.

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Current ABRSM Exam dates and Fees

Exam Dates and Entry Deadline
Exam Dates Entry Period (US)
April/June 1-15th of January
October/December 1-15th of August
Theory of Music
Exam Dates Entry Period (US)
Between: 1-15th of January
Between: 1-15th of April
Between: 1-15th of August
2020 ABRSM Exam Fees
Practical Exams

Level Fee
Grade 181 USD
Grade 288 USD
Grade 398 USD
Grade 4112 USD
Grade 5121 USD
Grade 6148 USD
Grade 7151 USD
Grade 8216 USD
Theory Exams
Level Fee
Grade 147 USD
Grade 259 USD
Grade 363 USD
Grade 474 USD
Grade 579 USD
Grade 685 USD
Grade 787 USD
Grade 899 USD
Prep Test
Level Fee
Prep Test72 USD
Level Fee
Ensemble: Primary 161 USD
Ensemble: Intermediate 216 USD
Ensemble: Advanced 355 USD
Choral Singing: Primary 161 USD
Choral Singing: Intermediate 216 USD
Choral Singing: Advanced 355 USD
Diploma Fee
Level Fee
DipABRSM (complete exam: new or retake) 506 USD