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The next booking period for remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams opens in February. For details, see our dates and fees page.
Details of what is required for the ARSM exam are provided below.
An ARSM performance should last for 30 minutes, but it can be up to two minutes shorter or longer. The 30 minutes includes any breaks between items.
Woodwind, brass and singing candidates can take a longer break of up to three minutes during the exam. This will be counted as part of the 30 minutes’ performance time.
The examiner may stop the performance if a candidate goes over the time limit.
The following requirements apply to the 30-minute performance:
Candidates need to make sure they have completed a programme form, which they should give to the examiner at the start of the exam.
This form should contain the following information, presented in programme order:
In cases where there isn’t enough room on the form, the programme information can be continued on a second form.
For more information about putting the programme together, watch these videos.
Where the repertoire lists include an arrangement or transcription, candidates should use the edition listed; in all such cases the abbreviation ‘arr.’ or ‘trans.’ appears in the entry.
For all other pieces, the editions quoted in the repertoire lists are recommendations only and candidates can use any edition of their choice (in- or out-of-print or downloadable).
All own-choice repertoire should exist in a published edition (either in print or downloadable), which candidates should indicate on the programme form.