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ABRSM Diploma Exams

Date:11 July 2024

 

Notes for the ABRSM Face-to-face Diploma Exams (July-September 2024)

 

"Notes to Applicants and Candidates" for the face-to-face Diploma Exams (July-September 2024) was sent to the applicants on 11 July 2024. Applicants who have not received the notes should contact the HKEAA (ie@hkeaa.edu.hk).

 

Date:11 July 2024

 

ABRSM System Maintenance Update

 

ABRSM announced that system maintenance will be conducted from 1:30pm to 3:45pm (HKT) on 11 July 2024. During the system maintenance, all ABRSM online services and digital exams will NOT be available. Sorry for the inconvenience caused.

 

Date:8 July 2024

 

Extension of Special Arrangement for Refunds

 

ABRSM has further extended the special arrangement for refunds until 31 January 2025 but such arrangement does not apply to digital exams. Please visit this page for more details.

 

Date:17 May 2024

 

Digital Certificates – Diploma Exams

 

ABRSM is introducing digital certificates and going to charge a fee if a paper certificate is requested. But this fee will not apply to Diploma Exams. Candidates who completed and passed the previous Diploma Exams in 2024 will receive a paper certificate through their applicants as usual. No additional fee is required. Mark form and digital certificates for ARSM Music Performance and new digital LRSM and FRSM Diploma Exams will be available for download in the ABRSM accounts and paper certificates will be posted to applicants for candidates who have passed the examinations at no additional charge. Please visit ABRSM website for more information.

 

Date:25 April 2024

 

New LRSM and FRSM Diploma Exams in Music Performance

 

From 25 April 2024, New LRSM and FRSM Diploma Exams in Music Performance will be available for booking through the ABRSM online booking service. They are digital exams and can be taken at any time of the year. For more details, please visit ABRSM website.

 

Date:22 December 2023

 

Certificates for ABRSM Diploma Exams (July-August 2023)

 

The certificates for successful candidates of ABRSM Diploma Exams (July-August 2023) were sent to the applicants by registered post on 20 December 2023. Applicants who have not received the certificates by mid of January 2024, please contact the HKEAA (ie2@hkeaa.edu.hk).

 

 

Date:25 November 2022

 

Diploma Withdrawal Information

 

ABRSM is creating new higher-level qualifications to replace the previous 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.


 

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

 

 

Instruments
Main Instrument for Previous 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 Previous LRSM, FRSM in Performance
Orchestral musician Chamber ensemble member Keyboard accompanist

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

Main Instrument for New LRSM, FRSM in Music Performance
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

 

 

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

March to April 2024

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

July to September 2024

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

For ARSM Music Performance Exams, please visit here for examination and registration dates.

 

New Diploma Exams
Examinations Registration Dates

Music Performance LRSM and FRSM

from 25 April 2024

Music Teaching ARSM, LRSM and FRSM

from October 2024

 

Examination Registration
For previous face-to-face Diploma Exams, applicants are required to upload the completed ABRSM entry forms (PDF format) and complete the payment online during the registration period via: https://mip.hkeaa.edu.hk/mip/ABDIP

For ARSM Music Performance Exams, please visit here for information.

For new digital Diploma Exams that are available starting from 25 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

Examination Fees
Previous Diploma Examination Fees 2024
DipABRSM
(@ HK$)
LRSM
(@ HK$)
FRSM
(@ 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
Directing 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.
Diploma Examination Fees 2024
 
ARSM
(@ HK$)
LRSM
(@ HK$)
FRSM
(@ HK$)
 Face-to-face Assessment 4,970
(Music Performance only)
NA NA
 Digital Assessment
(Music Performance, Music Teaching, Music Directing)
 3,793  7,766
(New!)

11,649
(New!)
 

 

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

For the prerequisites of the New LRSM and FRSM Diploma Exams in Music Performance, please refer to the entry requirements here.

For the prerequisites of the New ARSM, LRSM and FRSM Diploma Exams in Music Teaching, please refer to the entry requirements here.

 

Documents Download

For the previous Diploma Exams, please click here to locate Diploma Entry Forms on the ABRSM website.

 

 

Exam Appointment Email, Results and Certificates
Exam Appointment Email

For the previous Diploma Exams, ABRSM will send "Exam Appointment" email 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 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

For the previous Diploma Exams, 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.

For the new Diploma Exams (including ARSM Music Performance Exams), candidates will receive a digital certificate and a paper certificate will be sent to the applicants automatically at no additional charge. It may take a minimum of three months for the certificates to reach the applicants. The HKEAA will announce the posting of examination results via this webpage.

*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 https://www.abrsm.org/en-hk/about-our-exams/results-and-certificates/appeals-and-feedback.

     

     

     

    Examination Regulations and Syllabuses

    Applicants and candidates should observe the most updated information and regulations on ABRSM’s website: https://www.abrsm.org/en-hk/about-our-exams/exam-regulations
    Diploma Examination Syllabuses are available from the ABRSM website:
    https://www.abrsm.org/en-hk/about-our-exams/syllabuses

    General
    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 Arrangement
    From 1 January 2023, if an interpreter is needed, applicants must select the ‘interpreter’ checkbox at the time of examination booking and make the arrangement themselves, following ABRSM Fair Access Guidelines. Applicants may refer to the list of interpreters with contact details on the ABRSM website.

    Photocopies
    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 www.mpaonline.org.uk.

    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
    Candidates taking Diploma exams involving bulky instruments such as Organ, Harpsichord and Percussion in the March to April 2024 session should make their own arrangements for the exam venue (Private Visit).

    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 HKEAA.

    As stipulated in ABRSM "Exam Regulations", applicants or candidates hosting a Private 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 the HKEAA cannot accept liability for any damage, injury, expense or loss (including consequential loss) incurred during the course of a 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.

     

     

    Contacts
    ABRSM
    Tel : +44 (0) 20 7636 5400
    Website : https://www.abrsm.org/en-hk
    E-mail : diplomas@abrsm.ac.uk
    Address: 4 London Wall Place
    London EC2Y 5AU
    UK

     

    Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority
    International and Professional Examinations Division
    Contact Information: www.hkeaa.edu.hk/en/ipe/contact_us/