COVID-19 - latest exam updates

A message from our Chief Executive – our future plans

Practical Session 3 update

We are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity. However, on the basis of official and local advice we will be cancelling Session 3 Practical exams scheduled for  October -  December. Our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course. We are very sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and we will continue to monitor the situation. Thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place.

We will be gradually rolling out remotely-assessed Performance Grades internationally starting before the end of 2020 and will share exam dates and booking periods soon.

Exam timings

How long do exams take?

Our exams are designed to give all candidates enough time to show their potential in the exam room. Below you'll find the exam timings, which you should take into account if organising a visit. Exams don't normally begin before 9.00am or end later than 5.30pm.

Practical

Music Theory

Keyboard subjects

Singing

Harp and Organ

All other subjects

Prep Test

10 mins

10 mins

-

12 mins

-

Grade 1*

12 mins

13 mins

17 mins

12 mins

90 mins

Grades 2 & 3*

12 mins

15 mins

19 mins

14 mins

90 mins

Grades 4 & 5*

15 mins

15 mins

22 mins

17 mins

120 mins

Grade 6

20 mins

20 mins

25 mins

20 mins

180 mins

Grade 7

25 mins

25 mins

30 mins

25 mins

180 mins

Grade 8

30 mins

30 mins

35 mins

30 mins

180 mins

ARSM

40 mins

40 mins

40 mins

40 mins

-

Performance Assessment

15 mins

15 mins

20 mins

15 mins

-

* NB an additional three minutes is applied to Jazz exams.

Ensembles

Instrumental/Vocal & Jazz

Choral Singing

Primary/Initial Ensembles

17 mins

20 mins

Intermediate Ensembles

23 mins

22 mins

Advanced Ensembles

30 mins

25 mins

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