Latest exam updates

Exam refunds

To support customers affected by ongoing COVID restrictions, for Practical and Performance Grade exams from 1 January to 31 May 2021 any absent candidate will automatically receive a refund. This includes Performance Grades where the candidate has been unable to record and upload their video. You do not need to contact us to request a refund. However, it will help us if you can log in to your account and cancel the exam.

For Online Music Theory exams and any paper based exams taking place outside of the UK/Ireland we anticipate COVID restrictions will not prevent candidates from sitting their exam so absentee candidates will not automatically receive a refund and our normal Withdrawal, Non-attendance and Fee Refunds Policy still applies.

Music Theory exams – March 2021

  • Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1 to 5) – we are cancelling the online exams planned for 16 March. Exams in May and June will go ahead as planned.
  • Paper Music Theory exams (Grades 6 to 8) – the next exams will take place in June. Please note, dates and booking periods for Grades 1-5 and Grades 6-8 may be different from now on. For full details, see our dates and fees page.
  • Grade 5 Music Theory requirement - from 1 January to 30 April 2021 only, candidates can take Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical exams without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. From 1 May 2021, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return with flexibility about timing. If you receive an email asking for your proof of prerequisite, please ignore this. We will still release any results in line with the arrangements outlined here.

For more information click here.

Performance Grade exams

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. 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 ABPG15NZ when you book using our online service. Please also read our discount information and terms and conditions here.

Exam centres and local contact information

Map usage guidance

Please search for your nearest exam centre using details of your nearest major city (e.g. Wellington) - map pins do not necessarily reflect the exact location of your local ABRSM contact.

Use the full A-Z list to find a local representative or exam centre near you.

New Zealand exam venues

The venue information below does not cover all exam centres around New Zealand.

For information about venues in your area, please contact your local representative.

Practical exam venues

Further information

Please note that there is no parking provided at this venue, but there is a car park across the street.

Palmerston North

Theory exam venues


New Zealand regional rep contact details

Carla Johnston – Upper North Island

[email protected]
T +64 (0)9 480 1200
PO Box 81
Silverdale 0944

Cecilia Vincent – Lower North Island

[email protected]
T +64 (0)4 565 0629
66A Major Drive, Kelson
Lower Hutt 5010

Lois Dalton – South Island

[email protected]
T +64 (0)3 348 1416
38 Rata St, Riccarton
Christchurch 8041

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