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ABRSM Exams - Grades 1-8 and ARSM Practical / Grades 1-8 Theory Examination

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Introduction

The HKEAA administers both the Practical Examinations and the Theory Examinations of ABRSM. ABRSM exams are the most popular music examinations in Hong Kong.

 

 

Subjects Offered via the HKEAA

Piano Horn Alto Saxophone (not ARSM)
Organ Trumpet Tenor Saxophone (not ARSM)
Violin Bb Cornet (not ARSM) Descant Recorder (not ARSM)
Viola Eb Cornet (not ARSM) Treble Recorder (not ARSM)
Cello Flugelhorn Singing
Double Bass Eb Horn Harpsichord
Guitar Baritone Practical Musicianship
Harp Ensembles Percussion
Flute Trombone Soprano Saxophone (not ARSM)
Oboe Bass Trombone Baritone Saxophone (not ARSM)
Clarinet Tuba Saxophone (ARSM only)
Bassoon Euphonium Cornet (ARSM only)
Singing for Musical Theatre Recorder (ARSM only)

 

 

Examinations & Registration Timetable

Theory examinations are conducted three times a year, viz. in January or February, June and October. Practical (Grades 1- 8 and ARSM) examinations are usually held from April to May and August to early/mid-November.

Examination Examination Period Registration Period
Practical (Grades 1-8 and ARSM) April / May Late December of the previous year to mid-January
August to early/mid-November March
Theory January or February November to December of the previous year
June March to April
October July to August

The registration schedule for examinations in 2019 is as follows:-
           

Theory examination (Grades 1 - 8)
Examination Dates Registration Dates
(By Post)
Registration Dates
(In Person)*
Registration Dates
(On-line)^
Payment Deadline
(Not applicable
to on-line
registration)
26 January 8 Nov 2018
to
17 Nov 2018
26 Nov 2018
to
30 Nov 2018
8 Nov 2018
(8:30am)
to
6 Dec 2018
(5:30pm)
5 Dec 2018
22 June 14 Mar 2019
to
23 Mar 2019
2 Apr 2019
to
6 Apr 2019
14 Mar 2019
(8:30am)
to
11 Apr 2019
(5:30pm)
10 Apr 2019
19 October # 15 Jul 2019
to
24 Jul 2019
1 Aug 2019
to
6 Aug 2019
15 Jul 2019
(8:30am)
to
15 Aug 2019
(5:30pm)
12 Aug 2019

# Theory examination in October is normally held in two sessions in the afternoon (1st session: 1:00pm; 2nd session: 4:00pm). Candidates are only required to attend one of the examination sessions. Examination session will be allocated at random by computer. All candidates are required to be present for examination at the examination centre and time specified on the admission forms. No special arrangement will be made for individual candidates.
^ On-line registration is not applicable to candidates entering for the Diploma or Ensembles Examinations. Applicants who registered the examination by online registration may login their accounts at the Registration Home Page to view their examination entries, download the admission forms and view the examination results.
* Supporting documents produced by applicants at the time of registration in person/by a representative should either be the originals or hard copies. Soft copies of supporting document are NOT accepted.

Practical examination (Grades 1 - 8 and ARSM)
Examination Dates Registration Dates
(By Post)
Registration Dates
(In Person)*
Registration Dates
(On-line)^
Payment Deadline
(Not applicable
to on-line
registration)
April/May

6 Dec 2018
to
15 Dec 2018

3 Jan 2019
to
8 Jan 2019
6 Dec 2018
(8:30am)
to
16 Jan 2019
(5:30pm)
14 Jan 2019
August
to early/mid-November
28 Feb 2019
to
9 Mar 2019
19 Mar 2019
to
23 Mar 2019
28 Feb 2019
(8:30am)
to
8 Apr 2019
(5:30pm)
2 Apr 2019

^ On-line registration is not applicable to candidates entering for the Diploma or Ensembles Examinations. Applicants who registered the examination by online registration may login their accounts at the Registration Home Page to view their examination entries, download the admission forms and view the examination results.
* Supporting documents produced by applicants at the time of registration in person/by a representative should either be the originals or hard copies. Soft copies of supporting document are NOT accepted.

Place of Registration Registration Hours
International and Professional Examinations Division
Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority
17 Tseuk Luk Street, San Po Kong, Kowloon
(Tel. No.:(852) 3628 8721 / (852) 3628 8787)
Monday to Friday : 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
(Excluding general holidays and Sundays)

 

 

Examination Fees

Practical and Theory Examination Fees 2019

  Practical (@ HK$) Theory (@HK$)
Grade 1 1,180 590
Grade 2 1,350 630
Grade 3 1,460 670
Grade 4 1,600 780
Grade 5 1,710 870
Grade 6 1,900 990
Grade 7 2,160 1,030
Grade 8 2,590 1,070
ARSM 3,560 -
Prep Test 940 -
Performance Assessment 1,710 -
Ensembles
Primary 2,160 -
Intermediate 2,590 -
Advanced 3,560 -
Interpreter Service Fee 160 -

 

 

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for the Theory examinations and from Grades 1 to 5 for the Practical examinations. For candidates entering Grades 6, 7 and 8 of Practical examinations, a pass in Grade 5 or above of Theory / Practical Musicianship Examinations / solo Jazz subject is required. For candidates entering for ARSM, a pass in Grade 8 Practical in the instrument being presented (or listed alternative) is required.

 

 

Examination Registration

IMPORTANT NOTICE
Please note that the candidates presented by teacher / studio / school / others as applicant can directly make application to the Authority for change of applicant (i.e. change the applicant to candidate/parent/guardian), subject to the payment of the related fee.
  • Candidates may enter THEMSELVES or may be entered by a parent/guardian, a school, or a teacher of music.
  • The term 'Applicant' on the entry form refers to the person who accepts responsibilities for reading and undertaking to abide by these Exam Regulations, ensuring that those connected with the exam are aware of relevant matters; entering candidates, ensuring the accuracy of the information supplied, including name spellings, grades and exam subjects, and any specific needs; explaining to the candidates that they may enter themselves for examinations or may be entered by a parent/guardian, a school, or a teacher of music; explaining to the candidates that the applicant’s name will appear on the candidate’s certificate if awarded; notifying the candidate of the exam date, time and venue; and receiving all communications regarding the entries made (including exam mark form/certificate) and disseminating all such communications to the candidates as effectively as possible.
  • ABRSM requires all candidates to be present for examination according to the date, time and place specified on the admission forms.

Payment Method (in person and by post)

For detailed payment instructions, please refer to the front and/or reverse side of demand note issued which will be given when the entry form is accepted.  All fees paid are not refundable and not transferable from one examination to another or from one candidate to another or for any other purposes. No entry will normally be accepted after the registration period.

  Total Exam Fee More Than $5,000 Total Exam Fee Equal To / Less Than $5,000
Payment Methods - Payment at Hang Seng Bank in Hong Kong
- Payment by PPS
- Payment by ATM
- Internet Banking
- Phone Banking
- Cash payment at 7-Eleven or Circle K convenience store in Hong Kong
- Payment by PPS
- Payment by ATM
- Internet Banking
- Phone Banking

 

Registration in Person/by a Representative

Applicants may submit an entry form in person or have the completed entry form handed in by a representative during the specified period. The following should also be submitted:

  1. a photocopy of the candidate's valid and official Hong Kong Identity Card / Passport / Birth Certificate (for verification purposes only);
  2. for entering Practical examination Grades 6 to 8, a photocopy of the candidate's Theory examination Grade 5 or above / Practical Musicianship Examinations / solo Jazz subject examination result / certificate (for verification purposes only);
  3. for entering ARSM, a photocopy of the candidate's Grade 8 Practical in the instrument being presented (or listed alternative) examination result / certificate (for verification purposes only).

Supporting documents produced by applicants at the time of registration in person/by a representative should either be the originals or hard copies. Soft copies of supporting document are NOT accepted.

Registration by Post

The following should be attached to an entry form sent by post:

  1. a photocopy of the candidate's valid and official Hong Kong Identity Card / Passport / Birth Certificate (for verification purposes only) which will be destroyed after the registration period;
  2. for entering Practical examination Grades 6 to 8, a photocopy of the candidate's Theory examination Grade 5 or above / Practical Musicianship Examinations / solo Jazz subject examination result / certificate (for verification purposes only) which will be destroyed after the registration period;
  3. for entering ARSM, a photocopy of the candidate's Grade 8 Practical in the instrument being presented (or listed alternative) examination result / certificate (for verification purposes only) which will be destroyed after the registration period;
  4. a stamped ($2), self-addressed envelope (Size : 9" x 4" or 22cm x 10cm) for sending the demand note for payment of examination fees.

Please ensure that sufficient postage is paid to avoid unsuccessful delivery. The sender will bear any consequences arising from not paying sufficient postage.

On-line Registration (not applicable to candidates entering for the Diploma or Ensembles Examinations)

Applicants may submit their registration on-line (online.hkeaa.edu.hk) during the specified registration period. Teachers, studios/schools are recommended to use the "pre-filled candidate information" function which allows an upload of a maximum of 30 candidates each time.

 Applicants are required to provide an image file of the following document:

  1. candidate's valid and official Hong Kong Identity Card / Passport / Birth Certificate (for verification purposes only) which will be destroyed after the registration period;
  2. for entering Practical Examination Grades 6 to 8, the candidate's Theory examination Grade 5 or above / Practical Musicianship Examinations / solo Jazz subject examination result / certificate (for verification purposes only) which will be destroyed after the registration period;
  3. for entering ARSM, a photocopy of the candidate's Grade 8 Practical in the instrument being presented (or listed alternative) examination result / certificate (for verification purposes only) which will be destroyed after the registration period.
  • Before registration, applicants are required to create their own accounts with a valid email address.
  • After successful application and payment, applicants can login their accounts at the Registration Home Page to view their examination entries, download the admission forms and view the examination results.
  • Examination fees must be settled on-line by credit card as instructed. Only credit cards with "Verified by VISA" or "MasterCard Secure Code" will be accepted. Please make sure that the total amount of examination fees does not exceed the credit limit of your credit card.

 

 

 

Documents Download

Practical Examination

Theory Examination

 

Procedures for downloading e-Admission Form / e-Result (For applicants who registered the examination by online registration only)

Application for Replacement of Certificate

 

 

Admission Forms, Results and Certificates

Admission forms and results will be sent by post to the applicants. Certificates of successful candidates will be sent by registered post / local courier to the applicants. If applicants are not received before the designated dates, please contact ABRSM Team.

    Approximate time to issue the following documents
Examination Examination Session Admission Form Examination Results Certificate*
Practical Examinations (Grades 1-8 and ARSM) April/May 2019 around Late March 2019 around 7 weeks after the examination around Late July 2019
Aug to early/mid-Nov 2019 around Mid-July 2019 around Late January 2020
Theory Examination Jan/Jun/Oct 2019 around 1 to 2 weeks before the examination around 2 months after the examination around 3 months after the exam

* Applicants who have not received their candidates’ certificates should contact ABRSM Team within five months after the issue of certificates. Otherwise, the certificates will be regarded as successfully received by the applicants. Uncollected certificates will be destroyed five months after the issue of certificates. After that, requests for uncollected certificates will be regarded as applications for replacement of certificates and supplementary fees will be levied.

 

 

Theory Re-Marks

Candidates who wish to apply for re-marking their Theory papers should submit their applications directly to ABRSM within twelve weeks of the examination. Late application is not accepted. For details, please visit the ABRSM's website www.abrsm.org.

Application for Theory Re-Marks can be downloaded here.

 

 

Data Privacy

Personal data of applicants/candidates are used by the HKEAA and the Examination Board for delivery of examination and assessment services. Whether you provide the requested personal data is voluntary. However, if you fail to provide all the data, or if any of the data are inaccurate or incomplete, the HKEAA may not be able to accept your entry or provide all or part of the examination and assessment services. The personal data submitted may also be used for:
  • Assisting tertiary institutions and other government/public organisations in their admission processes;
  • Assisting tertiary institutions and other government/public organisations in respect of their requests for information in granting scholarships;
  • Assisting tertiary institutions and other government/public organisations to confirm the candidates' eligibility for financial assistance or other forms of subsidization, in which case, the necessary personal data of the candidates may have to be disclosed to the concerned organisations for verification;
  • Certifying candidates' examination results in response to legitimate requests;
  • Processing any refund or payment in relation to the examination;
  • Conducting educational research and analysis in an anonymous format in which the identities of candidates are not traceable; and
  • Marketing the services and products of the Examination Board (including examination services, courses, events, publications, and other examination materials or resources) subject to the consent of the applicants/candidates.*

The HKEAA may also transfer the personal data of applicants/candidates to third parties for use for the above purposes or other directly related purposes, including government/public organisations, schools and educational institutions, banks (for processing refund or payment), and service providers providing various administrative or technical services to facilitate the delivery of the examination and assessment services including but not limited to data punching, registration process, despatch of examination documents, and the capture, disposal or other processing of data.

In compliance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, access to all personal data will be made available, on payment of a fee, to anyone who can establish his/her right to be informed of such data as are retained by the HKEAA. Please also note that applicants’/candidates’ personal data/correspondence/other information received by the HKEAA may be transferred to the Examination Board concerned for delivery of examination and assessment services and for any of the abovementioned purposes or other directly related purposes. In general, upon completion of an examination or examination series and all the connecting examination services, the HKEAA will transfer all such data to the Examination Board who will then assume full control of such data. By then, applicants/candidates should approach the Examination Board direct for their personal data/information handling policies if necessary.  

* If you have given consent but wish to withdraw your consent for your personal data to be used for this purpose, please send a letter of request to the Authority.

 

 

Examination Regulations and Syllabuses

Limited free copies of the syllabuses are available for distribution at the International and Professional Examinations Division of the HKEAA San Po Kong Office. They may also be sent to candidates upon request and provision of a stamped & self-addressed envelope.

For Practical Examination, the size of envelope should be at least 7" x 10" or 18cm x 25cm. The postage is $7.3 for one copy of syllabus. Please specify the name of instrument in your request.

Examination Syllabuses are also available from the ABRSM website (www.abrsm.org) .

General
Please note that AM sessions of Practical Exam normally refer to the examinations taking place between 9:00am and 12:30pm while PM sessions refer to the examinations between 1:45pm and 5:15pm.

Any issues about the examination must be raised in writing within seven days after the examination.

The examination data including entry records, question papers, answer scripts and results, if any, will normally be destroyed and erased from the computer system 6 months after the examination date. Therefore, all examination documents including candidate information checklists, admission forms and mark forms, if any, cannot be re-issued after destroy and erase of data.

Playing one or more of the prepared pieces from memory is optional. Candidates playing from memory must bring copies of the pieces for the examiner's use. No one is allowed to listen outside the examination room, nor is anyone allowed to remain near the door except the waiting room supervisors or other representatives of the ABRSM. Candidates may not bring any unauthorized material or equipment into the examination room. Any candidate infringing this rule may be disqualified.

Interpreter Service
Examinations will be conducted in English. ABRSM Interpreter Service in Hong Kong provides for full spoken English/Cantonese translation throughout the examinations. Interpreters communicate with Examiners fully in English and with candidates fully in Cantonese. Musical terms are also spoken in a standardized Cantonese format, unless these musical terms are Italian, French or German in which case they are not translated to either English or Cantonese, but spoken in the original language. Interpreters are unable to accede to any personal requests, beyond their brief, as set out above. ABRSM Interpreter Service must be applied at the time of registration.

There are no tests in the ARSM which require a candidate to respond to questions from the examiner, so an interpreter is unlikely to be needed. However, ARSM candidates may apply for the ABRSM interpreter service if they wish.

Photocopies
Examiners in the past reported cases of candidates playing their pieces from photostat copies. Candidates are reminded that the copyright law forbids the reproduction of published materials and action may be taken against those who present themselves for examinations using photostat copies of the test pieces. Examiners have been asked to report any such cases which come to their notice. Examiners may refuse to examine candidates who do not observe this regulation.

Wrong music pieces
Candidates offering a wrong piece or study or not being prepared to perform the whole of the work specified in the current or previous year's syllabus for the Grade under examination will be liable to disqualification. Teachers and candidates are requested to pay particular attention to Regulations of the current "Exam Information & Regulations" booklet.

Accompanists
Candidates must provide their own accompanist in instruments where an accompaniment is required. Their teacher may act as the accompanist but the examiner will not do so. Accompanists must therefore be punctual. Particular attention should be paid to the capability of the accompanist. A poor accompanist can jeopardize the success of a soloist particularly in the higher grades where the set pieces call for a high degree of technical proficiency from both players.

Stringed & wind instruments
Candidates examined in stringed or wind instruments are reminded that their instruments need to be tuned to the piano in the examination room immediately before the examination either by themselves or the accompanist. According to the syllabus, in Grades 1-5 the teacher or accompanist may tune the candidate's instrument (or advise on tuning) before the exam begins. The examiner will not do so. In Grades 6-8 and ARSM candidates must tune their instruments themselves.

Aural Test
Candidates should refer to the current syllabuses for the Aural test.

Bulky Instruments
Applicants and candidates examined in the following subjects should make their own arrangements for their exam venue. Their instruments should be set in a suitable room, which is easily accessible and free from noise and other disturbances. Transportation for the examiners must be provided without cost to ABRSM or the Authority. Please refer to the syllabus for details.

As stipulated in ABRSM Exam Information & Regulations, applicants hosting a Visit have a duty of care towards examiners as well as candidates and their escorts and, as such, they are advised to carry out a risk assessment and to make appropriate arrangements to comply with health and safety legislation. ABRSM or HKEAA cannot accept liability for any damage, injury, expense or loss (including consequential loss) incurred during the course of a Visit.

 Organ                            Double Bass                     Harp                                  
 Ensembles Harpsichord  Percussion 

 

 

Contacts

ABRSM
Tel : +44 (0) 20 7636 5400
Fax : +44 (0) 20 7637 0234
E-mail : abrsm@abrsm.ac.uk
Website : www.abrsm.org
Address 4 London Wall Place
London EC2Y 5AU
UK

 

Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority
Tel : (852) 3628 8721 / 3628 8787
Fax : (852) 3628 8792
E-mail : ie2@hkeaa.edu.hk
Address : International and Professional Examinations Division
17 Tseuk Luk Street
San Po Kong Kowloon
Our outbound calls will have caller display with phone number starting with “3973” for identification. For service quality assurance, our telephone conversation with the public may be recorded.

 

 

 

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