- Read key information to help you in your preparation and on the exam day
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Practical Session 2 Update – Germany
We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we’re working hard on solutions to ensure they can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.
Provided travel and COVID restrictions remain lifted, we will open a booking period from 11 August– 21 August September with exams to be held November - December. We will continue to keep this under review as our ability to accept bookings remains conditional on the restrictions continuing to be lifted. An update to Applicants will be announced as soon as we can and our Representatives will provide further guidance in due course. We are looking forward to providing candidates with exams again and thank you for your loyalty and support at this difficult time.
This section outlines what you need to know for the exam day.
You need to make sure you have completed a programme form, which you should give to the examiner at the start of the exam.
Examiners may ask to look at the music before or after the performance of the whole programme. A separate copy of the music is not needed – examiners can use the candidate’s or accompanist’s copy.
If performing from memory, you must also bring copies of the music.
Performing from unauthorized photocopies (or other kinds of copies) of copyright editions is not allowed. If ABRSM has evidence an illegal copy is being used, we may withhold the exam result.
Application should be made to the copyright holder before any copy is made, and evidence of permission received should be brought to the exam.
A music stand will be available at ABRSM centres although you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer. A chair/stool will also be provided for those who need it, e.g cellists. Double bassists should provide their own stool if required.
You aren’t allowed to bring any material or equipment (such as devices capable of recording) unconnected with your exam to the exam room. Mobile phones must be switched off during the exam.
In most cases there will be just one examiner in the exam room; however, for training and quality assurance purposes, a second examiner may sometimes be present.
ABRSM will send the applicant the mark form (and certificate for successful candidates) after the exam. Examiners will never give the result on the day, or comment on what it is.
You are very welcome to test the acoustic of the room by briefly playing or singing before beginning your performance. Pianists, in particular, are encouraged to take a few moments to get used to the piano.