Latest exam updates

Practical Session 2 Update – Bahrain

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we’re working hard on solutions to ensure they can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity. However, on the basis of official and local advice we will be postponing the entry period for Session 2 Practical exams and we will provide an update about the exams scheduled for November - December as soon as we can.

We will provide updates about future exams sessions as soon as we can and our Representative will provide further guidance in due course. We are very sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and thank you for your loyalty and support at this difficult time.

Music Theory exam update – session 3

On the basis of government advice, we are cancelling the Music Theory exams due to take place later in 2020. We are sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your ongoing loyalty and support.

Music Theory – updates and changes

Grades 1 to 5 from 2020 onwards

We are pleased to announce that we have brought forward our plans to move the assessment of Music Theory at Grades 1 to 5 to an online exam. We have been working on the development of online exams for some time, but in response to the COVID-19 pandemic we have accelerated this work. We are confident that the online format will provide a more learner-friendly experience for candidates.

  • Online exams at Grades 1 to 5 are available in UK and selected territories in November and December. We will then roll out online Music Theory exams at these grades worldwide during 2021.
  • We will make further announcements very soon to tell you when our online Music Theory exams will be available to you. 

We have also updated some questions at Grades 1 to 5 and made some small changes to the syllabus. 

  • These changes apply to online exams only from 2020 onwards, where they are available. 
  • Where online exams are not yet available and we are still offering paper-based exams, there will be no changes to questions and the exams will be based on the ‘from 2018’ Music Theory syllabus.

You can find full details on these pages, along with supporting materials and news of further resources to follow.

Music Theory exams at Grades 6 to 8 will continue as paper-based assessments for everyone worldwide. There are no changes to the questions or syllabus for these grades. We will offer these exams when we can do this safely and in line with government guidance.

Key Documents

How to book an online Music Theory exam

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Running Online Theory exams as a Private Visit and for Multiple Candidates

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Syllabus summary for Grades 1 to 5 (online exams from 2020)

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Online Music Theory Exam Guidelines

Free Sample Papers and Model Answers (online exams from 2020) for Grades 1 to 5:

Grade 1

Sample Paper (PDF)

Model Answers (PDF)

Grade 2

Sample Paper (PDF)

Model Answers (PDF)

Grade 3

Sample Paper (PDF)

Model Answers (PDF)

Grade 4

Sample Paper (PDF)

Model Answers (PDF)

Grade 5

Sample Paper (PDF)

Model Answers (PDF)

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