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ABRSM Exams - Diploma Examination


The HKEAA administers the Diploma Examinations of ABRSM. ABRSM exams are the most popular music examinations in Hong Kong.



Subjects Offered via the HKEAA

Piano Bassoon Tuba
Organ Horn Euphonium
Violin Trumpet Alto Saxophone
Viola Bb Cornet Tenor Saxophone
Cello Eb Cornet Descant Recorder
Double Bass Flugelhorn Treble Recorder
Guitar Eb Horn Singing
Harp Baritone Harpsichord
Flute Ensembles Practical Musicianship
Oboe Trombone Percussion
Clarinet Bass Trombone Soprano Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone



Examinations & Registration Timetable

Diploma examinations are usually held from April to May, August and October to November.


Examination Period

Registration Period

Diploma April / May Late December of the previous year to mid-January
August April
October / November June


ABRSM will not be running any Diploma exams in Hong Kong during 2022.

The registration dates for Diploma Examinations will be kept under review by ABRSM as they can only accept bookings if travel and government restrictions are lifted and the situation allows. ABRSM will provide an update nearer to each booking period.

Examination Fees

Diploma Examination Fees 

2005 Syllabus

(@ HK$)

(@ HK$)

(@ HK$)

Performing Complete exam 5,500 10,000 14,790
Resit exam 4,400 8,000 11,832
Teaching* Complete exam 5,500 10,000 14,790
Resit exam 4,400 8,000 11,832
Directing Complete exam 5,500 10,000 14,790
Resit exam 4,400 8,000 11,832
Interpreter Service Fee To be advised To be advised To be advised


  • LRSM Teaching fees are payable in two instalments. 40% must be paid on submission of the Case Study Portfolio & Video of Teaching Practice. The balance is payable when entering for the remaining sections of the exam.




Entry Requirements

For the entry requirements of the Diploma examinations, please refer to the Diploma Syllabus from 2005.



Examination Registration

Payment Method

The payment details of 2022 Diploma Examinations will be updated nearer to the booking period.

Documents Download

Diploma Entry Form can be downloaded here :



Notice of Exam Appointment, Results and Certificates

Notice of Exam Appointment

Notice of Exam Appointment will be sent to the applicants by post in late March (for the April/May administration), in July (for the August administration) or in September (for the October / November administration) when they are ready. It is subject to the schedule of ABRSM and may vary without prior notice. Please telephone the Authority if this document is not received by the time specified.

Results and Certificates

According to the ABRSM, it will take a minimum of two months for the examination results to reach the applicants. Examination results and certificates will be sent to applicants when they are ready. Applicants should inform the Authority in writing of their new address and contact telephone number if their address has been changed.


*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 certificate will be regarded as applications for replacement of certificates and supplementary fees will be levied.




    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

    Diploma Examination Syllabuses are available from the ABRSM website ( .

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

    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 ABRSM representatives. Candidates may not bring any unauthorized material or equipment into the examination room. Any candidates 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.

    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.

    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. Attention should be paid to the capability of the accompanist.

    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. The examiner should not be expected to help with the tuning.

    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. Please also ensure a socket with 3 rectangular pinholes is available near the writing table. 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 





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