A message from our Chief Executive: COVID-19


On the basis of official and local advice, we have decided to suspend all Practical and Music Theory exams outside the UK and Ireland from now until 1 July 2020, and our Representative will contact applicants with further guidance. We will update specific territories in due course in relation to exams after that date. We are sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your loyal support during this challenging time.

Exam dates and fees 2020

There's currently no local ABRSM representative in Malawi, so all exam arrangements are handled by the Music Theory team in our London office. Unfortunately, we don't hold Practical exams in Malawi.

To make an entry, please complete the relevant entry form, then scan and email it to musictheor[email protected] before the closing date for that session. Find out more about exam fees, closing dates and exam periods. Please note that Theory exams can only be held as Visits at schools of general education or LEA music centres approved by ABRSM in line with our regulations.

We'll then give you ABRSM’s bank details and a unique code for each candidate, which should be included in the payment reference for the bank transfer. This ensures that we're able to link your payment to your entry. Theory exam materials will be posted to the host venue four weeks before the exam.

Diploma retake fees

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.

Additional information

Other fees and charges (2020)*


Exam taken after 1993

Exam taken from 1977 to 1993

Exam taken before 1977

Confirmation of marks

free of charge



Duplicate certificate

£12.00 (diplomas £19.00, Music Medals £6.50)

included under confirmation of marks fee (see above)

included under confirmation of marks fee (see above)




Appeal investigation**


Half of the entry fee

Results Review

Grade 1-5: £25
Grade 6-8: £40
ARSM: £40


External review

£60.00 per candidate

£60.00 per candidate

Administrative charge for payment with dishonoured cheque



* The above charges should be paid direct to ABRSM's office in London by sterling draft presentable in the UK or by credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Sterling drafts should be payable to ‘The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music’.

If you wish to pay locally please contact your Local Representative who will advise you of the local fee and method of payment.

** For multiple candidates, the investigation fee charged will not exceed five times the local Grade 5 Practical/Music Theory fee.

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