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ABRSM Practical Grade and Performance Grade Exams

Date:11 July 2024

 

Notes for the ABRSM Face-to-face Instrumental & Singing Exams
(July-September 2024)

 

"Notes to Applicants and Candidates" for the Face-to-face Instrumental & Singing 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 – Practical Grades & Performance Grades

 

ABRSM is introducing digital certificates. It applies to Practical Grade Exams conducted between July and September in 2024 (except Prep Test and Open Music Assessment) and all Practical Grade and Performance Grade Exams booked from 23 May 2024 onwards. Applicants can access the digital certificates in their ABRSM accounts as soon as the examination results are released. Candidates with accounts will also have access to their results and digital certificates seven days later. Applicants or candidates who would like to receive a paper certificate in addition to digital certificate can place an order in their ABRSM accounts with a payment of HK$30. Please visit ABRSM website for more information.

 

Date:14 May 2024

 

New Piano Syllabuses 2025 & 2026

 

ABRSM will publish new piano syllabuses on 6 June 2024. For details, please visit ABRSM website.

 

Date:8 December 2023

 

New Name for the Performance Assessment

 

ABRSM is changing the name of the Performance Assessment to the Open Music Assessment in early 2024 and assessment will be available for Clarion players during 2024. No changes will be made to the assessment itself. For details, please visit ABRSM website.

 

Date:7 December 2023

 

Jazz Performance Grade Exams

 

ABRSM announced that Jazz Performance Grade Exams will be launched from January 2024. These digitally-assessed exams will be available from Grade 1 to 5 for Piano, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet and Trombone. For details, please visit ABRSM website.

 

Date:25 June 2024

 

Updates on the ABRSM Certificates

 

Please refer to the table below for the dispatch schedule updates.

Exam

Exam Month

Dispatch Schedule

Practical Grades March 2024 Dispatched already
(25 June 2024)
Practical Grades April 2024 Dispatched already
(25 June 2024)
Performance Grades January 2024 Dispatched already
(10 May 2024)
Performance Grades February 2024 Dispatched already
(10 May 2024)
Performance Grades March 2024 Dispatched already
(25 June 2024)
Performance Grades April 2024 Dispatched already
(25 June 2024)

ABRSM Results and Certificates Lead Time

 

 

Date:1 September 2022

 

Prerequisite Submission

 

If you are a candidate for Practical or Performance Grade 6, 7 or 8 exams and are informed by ABRSM that a prerequisite submission is required, you should email a digital color copy (JPEG/ PDF format) of your Grade 5 or above Music Theory certificate or mark form to HKEAA at ie@hkeaa.edu.hk. Please use this format in the email subject of your submission: Student Name-Contact ID-Prerequisite Submission

 


Introduction

The HKEAA administers the ABRSM online and paper-based Music Theory Exams, Practical Grades (face-to-face examinations) and Performance Grades (digital examinations). ABRSM examinations are the most popular music examinations in Hong Kong.

 

 

 

Examination Registration & Payment

Starting from 2021, applicants should register for the examinations (except Choral Singing and Ensembles) and complete the payment through the ABRSM online booking service. For more details, please visit ABRSM website https://www.abrsm.org/en-hk.

For Choral Singing and Ensembles, 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/ABCHO

 

 

Subjects Offered in Hong Kong
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 (ARSM Only) 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)
Harp (Pedal) (not ARSM) Singing for Musical Theatre Recorder (ARSM only)
Harp (Non-pedal) (not ARSM)

 

 

Examinations & Registration Timetable
Practical Grade Exams (Initial Grade, Grade 1 - Grade 8 and ARSM Music Performance)
Examination Dates Registration Dates

Late March to April 2024

Choral Singing and Ensemble
(Through HKEAA online booking service only)

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

Other Subjects
(Through ABRSM online booking service only)

22 January 2024 (15:00)
to
29 January 2024 (23:59)

July to September 2024

Choral Singing and Ensemble
(Through HKEAA online booking service only)

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

Other Subjects
(Through ABRSM online booking service only)

9 April 2024 (15:00)
to
22 April 2024 (23:59)

October to November 2024

All Subjects except Choral Singing and Ensemble
(Through ABRSM online booking service only)

29 July 2024 (15:00)
to
3 August 2024 (23:59)

 


Performance Grade Exams (Initial Grade, Grade 1 - Grade 8 and ARSM Music Performance)


Since August 2022, digital Performance Grade and ARSM Music Performance Exams are available on demand. There are no booking periods and examination sessions. Instead, applicants can book the examinations at any time and submit the examination videos when they make the bookings or within the following 28 days. Find out more about Performance Grades

 

 

Examination Fees

Practical Grades and Performance Grades Examination Fees 2024


  Practical Grades (HK$) Performance Grades (HK$)
Prep Test 1,240 -
Initial Grade 1,410 1,075
Grade 1 1,570 1,198
Grade 2 1,810 1,378
Grade 3 1,940 1,482
Grade 4 2,130 1,632
Grade 5 2,290 1,745
Grade 6 2,530 1,934
Grade 7 2,880 2,198
Grade 8 3,460 2,632
ARSM 4,970
(Performance only)
3,793
Open Music Assessment 2,290 -
Ensembles
Primary 2,880 -
Intermediate 3,460 -
Advanced 4,970 -
Choral Singing
Primary 2,880 -
Intermediate 3,460 -
Advanced 4,970 -
Attendance Fee 1,940 -

 

 

Entry Requirements
  • For Initial Grade to Grade 5 Practical and Performance Grade Exams, there are no specific entry requirements.
  • For candidates entering Grades 6, 7 and 8 of Practical and Performance Grade Exams, 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 or Performance in the instrument being presented (or listed alternative) is required.

 

 

Documents Download

Click here to locate the entry forms for Choral Singing and Ensembles on ABRSM website.

 

 

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.

 

 

Admission Forms, Results and Certificates
Admission Forms
  • For Practical Grade and Performance Grade Exams, no admission forms will be required. "Notes to Applicants and Candidates" will be emailed by the HKEAA to the applicants 2 weeks before the first date of the Practical Grade exam session. Please contact the HKEAA if it is not received 1 week before the first date of the exam session.
  • For Choral Singing and Ensembles, "Exam Appointment" emails will be sent to the applicants by ABRSM 4 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 2 weeks before the first date of the exam session.

Results and Certificates

Examination results will be released online via applicants' ABRSM accounts within one week of the examination date or submission of the examination video. Certificates will be posted to applicants within 4 months after the examination date or submission of the examination video. The HKEAA will announce the posting of examination results and certificates via this webpage. Applicants should inform the HKEAA in email if there are changes to the contact details.

*Applicants who have not received their candidates’ certificates should contact the HKEAA within 5 months after the issue of certificates. Otherwise, the certificates will be regarded as successfully received by the applicants. Uncollected certificates will be destroyed 5 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.

 

ABRSM is introducing digital certificates. It applies to Practical Grade Exams conducted between July and September in 2024 (except Prep Test and Open Music Assessment) and all Practical Grade and Performance Grade Exams booked from 23 May 2024 onwards. Applicants can access the digital certificates in their ABRSM accounts as soon as the examination results are released. Candidates with accounts will also have access to their results and digital certificates seven days later. Applicants or candidates who would like to receive a paper certificate in addition to digital certificate can place an order in their ABRSM accounts with a payment of HK$30. Please visit ABRSM website for more information.

Examination delivery concerns and result review must be submitted to ARBSM within 3 weeks of release of result. For details, please visit ABRSM website.

 

 

Certificate Reprint Service

Upon the introduction of digital certificates on 23 May 2024, applicants or candidates can requests a reprint of certificate in their ABRSM accounts with a payment of HK$198. If the examination record cannot be found in your ABRSM account and a reprint order cannot be placed, please send the below information to ABRSM in the UK at certificatereprints@abrsm.ac.uk for further assistance.

Applicant Name

Applicant Contact ID

Candidate Name

Candidate Contact ID

Exam Type e.g. Music Theory, Practical Grade, Performance Grade

Grade & Instrument/Subject

Exam Date

 

 

Examination Regulations and Syllabuses

Applicants and candidates should observe the most updated information and regulations on ABRSM website:
https://www.abrsm.org/en-hk/about-our-exams/exam-regulations

Examination Syllabuses are available from the ABRSM website:
https://www.abrsm.org/en-hk/about-our-exams/syllabuses

Sheet Music
When taking face-to-face Practical Grade Exams, 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.

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.hk.

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 the current "Exam Information & Regulations".

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 Initial Grade to Grade 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 Grade 6 to Grade 8 and ARSM, candidates must tune their instruments themselves.

Choral Singing, Ensembles and Bulky Instruments
Applicants and candidates examined in Choral Singing, Ensembles or the subjects involving bulky instruments such as Organ, Harpsichord and Percussion 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. For Practical Grade Exams, 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, dispatch 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 to the Authority 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 : abrsm@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/