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Music Theory results – update 6 April

Practical Exams Update - Turkey

Refund Update - We will shortly contact all applicants by email to request their bank account details for processing refunds for the cancelled exams. Refunds may take up to 2 months to process and we are aiming to process all refunds by the end of December 2020 latest. Please bear with us as we have a high number of refunds to process from both practical sessions in 2020. Thank you for your patience.

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 Turkey 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 and Music Theory exams can resume in Turkey and will offer them again at the earliest possible opportunity. We would also like to thank our Representative in Turkey for their support during this very challenging time and their efforts in rescheduling exams which have now been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.

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 Turkey before the end of the year and you can record your video submission any time from now on. Find out more here.

To all candidates requesting alternative tests and tests in accessible formats

ABRSM produces a wide range of alternative tests and tests in braille, large and modified print. These tests are produced on demand from facilities in our office. Due to restrictions relating to Coronavirus, we are currently not able to access our office as flexibly or as regularly as usual. We shall do everything we can to ensure that we can continue to provide the materials you need for your exam, but there may be occasions where this is not possible due to circumstances beyond our control.

What we have done
We have explored alternative means of producing and delivering materials to examiners. We shall also produce and send these materials earlier than usual to allow for contingencies.

How you can help us to help you
If you require any kind of alternative test materials or tests in accessible formats, it is really important that you select the relevant option when making your exam entry online. If you require any advice on what options are most appropriate, please email our Access Coordinator ahead of making your entry.

If you require assistance with making your exam entry, please review the guidance and videos on our website.

In line with our Access policy, we shall not be able to accept requests for alternative test materials or tests in accessible formats after you have made your entry. If your requirements change between making the exam entry and the exam day, please contact us and we will be happy to provide a refund.

Thank you for your understanding.

Support for candidates with specific needs taking ABRSM exams

Our policy

ABRSM is committed to providing fair access to our exams for candidates with specific needs. In this section, you can find out about the access arrangements and reasonable adjustments we can provide in our Fair Access Guidelines. Please take the time to review our Access Policy.

The policy is available in alternative formats upon request.

Important updates from 2020
  • All applications for Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments must be selected at the time of entry and before the entry closing date.
  • Applications for access arrangements and reasonable adjustments must be made each time the candidate is entered for an exam.
  • We will be unable to accept any late requests for Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments so please check your candidate’s specific needs before you make their entry.
  • If changes are made to an entry after the entry closing date, we will not be able to transfer any Access Arrangement or Reasonable Adjustment to the updated entry.

Selecting access arrangements and reasonable adjustments

You can now choose from a wider range of access arrangements and reasonable adjustments when making exam entries. We are not making any changes to the provisions we offer candidates with specific needs.

Fair Access Guidelines

Contact details

Access Coordinator

ABRSM
4 London Wall Place
London
EC2Y 5AU

T +44 (0)20 7467 7342
E [email protected]

Accessibility Statement

Please click here to read our accessibility statement relating to Online Music Theory Exams.

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