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ABRSM Diploma Exams

Date:7 December 2023


ABRSM System Maintenance Update


ABRSM announced that system maintenance will be conducted and the schedule is as below:

  1. 2:30pm to 4:00pm (HKT), 5 December 2023
  2. 2:30pm to 4:45pm (HKT), 13 December 2023

During the system maintenance, all ABRSM online services and digital exams will NOT be available. Sorry for the inconvenience caused.


Date:15 November 2023


Dispatch of Certificates for ABRSM Diploma Exams (July-August 2023)


ABRSM confirmed that the dispatch of certificates for successful candidates of Diploma Exams (July-August 2023) will be delayed due to quality assurance and system revamp. We will share another update here when the certificates are posted.

Date:19 June 2023


Admission Emails for ABRSM Diploma Exams (July-August 2023)


Admission Emails and "Notes to Applicants and Candidates" for ABRSM Diploma Exams (July-August 2023) have been sent to the applicants respectively on 16 June 2023 and 19 June 2023. Applicants who have not received the emails and notes should contact the HKEAA (

Date:10 May 2023


Extension of Special Arrangement for Refunds


ABRSM has extended the special arrangement for refunds until 31 December 2023 but such arrangement does not apply to digital exams. Please visit this page for more details.


Date:25 November 2022


Diploma Withdrawal Information


ABRSM is creating new higher-level qualifications to replace the current DipABRSM, LRSM and FRSM diplomas. Click here to visit ABRSM website to see the deadlines for taking these diploma exams or retaking a failed section.


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



Examination Registration & Payment
For current Diploma Exams, applicants are required to upload the completed ABRSM entry forms (PDF format) and complete the payment online during the registration period via:

For ARSM Performance Exams, please visit ABRSM Practical Grade and Performance Grade Exams.

For new Diploma Exams that are available starting from April 2024, applicants should register for the examination and complete the payment through the ABRSM online booking service. Find out more about new Diploma Exams

Subjects Offered via the HKEAA
Main Instrument for Current DipABRSM, LRSM, FRSM in Performance, Teaching
Piano Harpsichord Organ
Violin Viola Cello
Double Bass Guitar Harp
Recorder Flute Oboe
Clarinet Bassoon Saxophone
Horn Trumpet Cornet
Flugelhorn E Flat Horn Trombone
Bass Trombone Baritone Euphonium
Tuba Percussion Singing

Specialist Option for Current LRSM, FRSM in Performance
Orchestral musician Chamber ensemble member Keyboard accompanist

Ensemble Type for Current DipABRSM, LRSM, FRSM in Direction
Symphony Orchestra Chamber Orchestra String Orchestra
Wind & Military Bands Brass Bands Choir



Examinations & Registration Timetable
Current Diploma Exams (except DipABRSM Performance)
Examination Dates Registration Dates

March to April 2024

3 January 2024 (08:30)
10 January 2024 (17:30)

July to September 2024

15 March 2024 (08:30)
22 March 2024 (17:30)

For ARSM Performance Exams, please visit ABRSM Practical Grade and Performance Grade Exams.


New Diploma Exams

New Music Performance LRSM and FRSM will be available on demand as digital assessments starting from April 2024. More information will be provided by ABRSM when available. Find out more about new Diploma Exams


Examination Fees
Diploma Examination Fees 2023
(@ HK$)
(@ HK$)
(@ HK$)
Performance Complete exam 5,890 10,700 15,830
Resit exam 4,710 8,560 12,660
Teaching Complete exam 5,890 10,700* 15,830
Resit exam 4,710 8,560 12,660
Direction Complete exam 5,890 10,700 15,830
Resit exam 4,710 8,560 12,660

Current Diploma Examination Fees 2024
(@ HK$)
(@ HK$)
(@ HK$)
Performance Complete exam  NA  11,660 17,250
Resit exam  NA  9,328 13,800
Teaching Complete exam  6,420 11,660* 17,250
Resit exam  5,136 9,328 13,800
Direction Complete exam  6,420 11,660 17,250
Resit exam  5,136 9,328 13,800

Please note that retake fees apply only to candidates applying for a partial retake (2.2 or 2.1 and 2.2, etc.). If candidates are retaking the complete exam, the full fee is payable.

* 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.
New Diploma Examination Fees 2024
(@ HK$)
(@ HK$)
(@ HK$)
 Face-to-face Assessment 4,970
(Performance only)
 Digital Assessment  3,793  7,766 11,649 


For the prerequisites of the Diploma examinations, please refer to here.


Documents Download

Click here to locate Diploma Entry Forms on the ABRSM website.



Notice of Exam Appointment, Results and Certificates
Notice of Exam Appointment

ABRSM will send “Notice of Exam Appointment” to the applicants four weeks before the first date of the exam session. It is subject to the schedule of ABRSM. Please contact the HKEAA if the appointment email is not received two weeks before the first date of the exam session.

"Notes to Applicants and Candidates" will be emailed to the applicants by the HKEAA at least two weeks before the first date of the exam session. It can also be downloaded from here: Notes to Applicants and Candidates

Results and Certificates

It may take a minimum of three months for the examination results to reach the applicants. Examination results and certificates will be sent to applicants when they are ready, and the HKEAA will announce the posting of examination results and certificates via this webpage. Applicants should inform the HKEAA in writing if there are changes to the contact details.

*Applicants who have not received their candidates’ certificates should contact the HKEAA 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.

Exam delivery concerns must be submitted to ARBSM within one week of exam date. Result review must be submitted to ABRSM within 3 weeks of release of result. For details, please visit




    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

    Applicants and candidates should observe the most updated information and regulations on ABRSM’s website:
    Diploma Examination Syllabuses are available from the ABRSM website:

    No one is allowed to listen outside the examination room, nor to remain near the door except the waiting room supervisors or other ABRSM representatives. Candidates may not bring any unauthorised material or equipment into the examination room. Any candidates infringing this rule may be disqualified.

    Interpreter Service
    Exams will be conducted in English. From 1 January 2023, candidates who need an interpreter must arrange this themselves, following ABRSM Interpreter Guidelines. Neither ABRSM nor HKEAA will be involved in any arrangements with interpreters, nor any payment.

    On the day of exam, candidates will need to provide the examiners with copies of all the music they are performing, ideally in the same editions as those being performed (for pieces which are accompanied by piano, a copy of the piano score should be supplied). If photocopies are to be used for this purpose, it is the candidate's responsibility to obtain written permission from the publisher/copyright holder. In the UK, certain publishers allow photocopies to be made for the examiner's use - for full details, see the MPA's Code of Fair Practice at

    Accompanists and Page-Turners
    Regarding the arrangement of accompanists and page-turners, candidates can refer to the ABRSM syllabus and qualification specifications of the corresponding diplomas in Performance, Teaching and Directing for details.

    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
    Private Visits will not be available for the July to August 2023 Diploma examinations in Hong Kong. The following subjects involving bulky instruments will therefore not be offered in the registration period.

    Organ  Harpsichord  Percussion



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