In view of the longevity of the Covid-19 crisis, ABRSM has announced that they will be delivering Music Theory assessment at Grades 1 to 5 as an online exam. The first online Music Theory Grade 5 (pilot) exam will take place for candidates in the UK on 26 August 2020. Among the selected territories, candidates in Singapore will sit for their Grades 1-5 Music Theory exam on Nov 7, 2020

ABRSM has also updated some questions at Grades 1 to 5 and made some small changes to the syllabus. These changes apply to online exams from 2020 in all territories where they are available.

Download Syllabus summary for Grades 1 to 5 (online exams from 2020):

Download Grade 5 Sample Paper (online exams from 2020):
Download Grade 5 Model Answers (online exams from 2020):

Along with these changes, a new suite of Music Theory publications will be released from 8 October 2020, namely:
Discovering Music Theory – workbooks and corresponding answer books to build understanding of music theory at Grades 1 to 5, step by step. The workbooks provide an all-round preparation for the updated Online Music Theory exams.
Music Theory Sample Papers & Model Answers – contains the layout of the new online exams at Grades 1 to 5, preparing candidates for the updated question types they will experience in the online exam format.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be shedding more light with regards to these new materials, so check back soon.

As for Music Theory exams at Grades 6 to 8, they will continue as paper-based assessments for all candidates worldwide. There are no changes to the questions or syllabus for these grades. ABRSM will offer these exams when possible, safely and in line with all local government guidance