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ABRSM Examinations 2022

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Find out how to book your exam

The International School of Moscow is the only examination centre in Russia that offers ABRSM’s internationally-renowned theoretical and practical examinations. Take ABRSM Examinations in Moscow.

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“Over 500 ISM students have taken music exams over the past 6 years. Until now, only the written theory exams have been conducted here in Moscow. The introduction of ABRSM practical exams to Russia will finally give young musicians in Russia the opportunity to measure their progress and gain internationally recognised qualifications”, said Mr James Langford, Head of Music at ISM. 

ABRSM is the UK's largest music education body, one of the largest music publishers and the world's leading provider of music examinations; delivering over 600,000 assessments in more than 90 countries. The examinations have become valued and trusted measures of musical progress worldwide. 


ABRSM examinations are open to any musicians in Russia hoping to measure their musical achievement. Candidates may be entered for an exam at any age. Candidates for Practical Grades 1 through 5 may be entered for any of these grades without previously having taken any other grade.  The syllabi for each individual grade can be found here. There are nine grades of examination in Music Performance and eight grades in Music Theory. These examinations progress in difficulty from Initial Grade ** to Grade 8. 

Students who pass exams at Grade 6 and above are awarded UCAS points, which count towards applications for university and college in the United Kingdom and can have a positive impact on whether students are admitted to certain institutions.

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The ABRSM Theory Examination

The examination assesses a candidate’s ability to identify, use and manipulate conventional musical symbols, and to answer questions relating to musical elements according to specific grade-by-grade requirements. The full syllabus is available at https://ru.abrsm.org/en/our-exams/online-theory/

Online Music Theory exams (Grades 1-5) in 2022.

Booking period: Can be booked at any time

Exam window: Available at any time

  • Applicants will be able to book using our online booking service.
  • After booking, candidates will be emailed their unique log in details to access the exam.
  • They will then be able to log in to take their online Music Theory exam at any point during the 4 week exam window.
  • Candidates will only be able take one exam during this period.

Before the exam

Candidates can find checklists, learning resources and practice exams on our website here. We will continue to update this with any new information and guidance.

Fees 2021-22 (In EURO)*: 

Grade 1 - 83 Euro                          

Grade 2 - 85 Euro                          

Grade 3 - 87 Euro                          

Grade 4 - 96 Euro

Grade 5 - 105 Euro                        

* All Examination Fees (above) are paid online, directly to ABRSM. 

Please click here for fee information on the ABRSM website

“ABRSM assessments provide a globally recognised measure of musical attainment. They take into account the full range of musical skills, along with related knowledge and understanding. This enables candidates to continue developing their musicianship and following their musical journey - wherever it may eventually lead”,

John Holmes, Chief Examiner at ABRSM.

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The ABRSM Practical Examination

The examination assesses performance skills through pieces or songs, technical skills through scales and arpeggios, notation skills through a sight-reading test, as well as listening and musical perception through aural tests. ABRSM examinations can be taken in singing and a variety of instruments, such as piano, bowed strings, woodwind, brass, harp and more. A full list of instruments is available at  www.abrsm.org/en/our-exams/

Entry/Booking - Available Monthly

Video Upload - Available Monthly

Due to the current situation all exams this year will be held via video upload. You can find full information about the Performance grades here.

Fees for 2021-22 (in EURO)*:

Preparatory Test - 98 Euro        Grade 4 - 160 Euro         

Initial Grade - 101 Euro               Grade 5 - 176 Euro    

Grade 1 - 111 Euro                          Grade 6 - 201 Euro

Grade 2 - 127 Euro                          Grade 7 - 214 Euro

Grade 3 - 147 Euro                          Grade 8 - 255 Euro

* All Examination Fees (above) are paid online, directly to ABRSM. 

There is a video upload window each month, please click here to see the latest information about the booking periods.

For ABRSM Diplomas please contact music.exams@internationalschool.ru

To register for the practical or theoretical examination, fill in the online form. For any additional information about ABRSM please contact our music team at music.exams@internationalschool.ru

There are no age restrictions and students can start with any grade or skip grades if they want to. 

FULL INFORMATION about the fees for 2022

If the candidate attends The International School of Moscow, please additionally complete this form.