ABRSM - Remotely Assessed Performance Grade Examinations

Performance Grades are not replacing existing Practical Grades -  you can switch between Performance and Practical exams as you progress through the grades. Updates on availability are available on the ABRSM website. To check the latest information about exam booking periods and sessions, see the dates and fees page. The exams are equivalent in demand and value to existing graded music exams, but focus on performance
  • 4 pieces: three from list A, B and C plus one of your own choice.
  • 150 marks are available - 30 marks per piece plus 30 for the ‘performance as a whole’ (pitch, time, tone, shape and performance). See the full assessment criteria here
  • You can record now and submit later (once an exam has been booked) 
  • A responsible adult, 18+, (the applicant, teacher or parent/carer) should oversee the exam. They must be present when the video is uploaded and complete the declaration form. They must be present throughout and ensure the recording is continuous.  They may page-turn, accompany, help with recording and carry out pre-performance procedures to be filmed except showing the candidate’s photo ID.


  • An 'applicant' (a school, teacher, parent or adult candidate who is 18 and over) can create an account using this link.  
  • Enter the candidate's: Contact ID (if known); name; date of birth; grade, instrument; email address for parent/ carer; and any access arrangements or reasonable adjustments. 
  • To book use this link  during the booking period. Click ‘Public Venue Booking’ and select the instrument(s) and grade(s). Select the exam date(s), add candidate details, and pay.
  • The exam date you select is the deadline for submission.  Once the booking period has closed, ABRSM will email you so you can view your confirmed submission slot. You change a slot, subject to availability, up to 48 hours before the submission date. To reschedule use this link.  


  • Most smartphones, tablets and laptops are suitable. Camera resolution should be 720p. Lower resolutions may produce an unclear picture;  higher ones may produce files too large to upload. 
  • Either landscape or portrait view is acceptable. The camera should be static with candidate, instrument and music stand clearly in view. Any accompanist should be in view, with the candidate as the main the focus. The examiner should be able to hear both candidate and accompaniment clearly.
  • The whole keyboard should be visible with the pedals also in view.  The candidate must be clearly visible.
  • The responsible adult, or any other person not actively involved in the performance, should remain still and silent during the performance and be out of camera view. They should not disrupt or direct the candidate’s performance, or interfere with the recording.
  • Test the recording device and recording beforehand. Check lighting levels, camera position and the legibility of the written programme form on screen. Check that audible or potentially distracting notifications are disabled on the device, that it is well charged and has enough available storage space.  The recording must be of a good enough quality. Examiners will assess what they hear and see, and cannot take poor quality or balance of a recording into account.
  • Recordings must be in MP4, WMV, MOV or MPG formats. The file size must not exceed 2GB.  If the resolution of the video is too high, the file may be too large and may need compression before uploading. There are a number of platforms available online and through Android and Apple app stores to help with this.

PRE-PERFORMANCE PROCEDURE - at the start of the video the candidate (or responsible adult) should:

  • Announce to camera: candidate name, instrument, grade, pieces (composer and list information), in playing order. 
  • Show a completed programme form to camera for 5 seconds. It should show, in playing order: piece title (+ any Opus number), the composer, the list and number (eg C2), and details of the own-choice piece (incl publisher if applicable). Portrait and landscape versions are here
  • The opening of the candidate's copy of the own-choice piece - with opening clef(s), key and time signature, tempo marking and performance indications visible.  
  • For grades 6, 7 or 8, THE CANDIDATE THEMSELVES must show a form of photo ID to camera. For a list of accepted photo ID see the Candidate Identification Policy here
  • A continuous, unedited, video (Full requirements, including timings, are given in the relevant  2019/2020  or 2021/2022  piano syllabus  (or for violin)
  • The performance can take place anywhere with appropriate space and instruments. 


  • Introduce name, grade and pieces and show a completed programme form to camera for 5 seconds -  for Grades 6 to 8 also show photo ID 
  • Show the start of the own-choice piece to the camera before playing 
  • Once recording has started, make announcements, show documents to camera and play the pieces in one continuous take. Include any subsequent re-tuning or break. The recording must not be edited in any way.
  • Read the guidance before recording. Also read the guidance for accompaniment during COVID
  • A pass at Grade 5 or above is required in either Music Theory, Practical Musicianship or any Practical Music solo Jazz instrument before taking a Grade 6, 7 or 8 exam. Students taking grades 6 to 8 will receive UCAS points.
  • The ARSM diploma can also be remotely-assessed. The exam content and requirements are unchanged, but the syllabus has been updated for remote assessment. Full information about ARSM is available here 


  • You can upload the video as soon as the booking is confirmed until the exam submission date/ time. The upload function is available only during this period of time. 
  • When you are ready to upload you need to login through either account (it does not need to be the same person who made the entry) and select ‘Submit Recordings’.
  • Once you have selected the correct candidate you can start uploading. As part of the upload process, you must complete a declaration to confirm that the recording was made in accordance with the Exam Regulations (see Appendix 1). When the candidate is under 18, this declaration should be made by the responsible adult who was present at the time of the recording. This adult must also be present when the video is uploaded. You can submit your recording only once, so make sure the file you are selecting is the correct one.
  • ABRSM will keep recordings for 90 days after they have issued the results. They will then destroy them.  The video recording is made for the sole purpose of the assessment and must not be shared or used for any other purpose. It must not be shared with any other person or uploaded to file sharing or social media. If it is shared with anyone other than ABRSM, the candidate may be disqualified. It has the status of an exam script and is therefore exempt from subject access requests made under data protection law. However, candidates can retain a copy of their recording after submission. They can request other information about themselves and how ABRSM uses their personal data in accordance with our Privacy Policy (www.abrsm.org/privacypolicy).

Here is the guidance in full



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