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ABRSM Graded Music Exams – Specific Needs Guidance

ABRSM - Specific Needs Guidance

Each year ABRSM examines candidates with a huge range of different needs and abilities.

Because our candidates’ needs differ so widely we treat each person individually, considering their needs in terms of physical access to the exam room. This can lead to the provision of extra time; alternative tests; alternative formats; visual aids; communication aids and so on.

It is important to understand that while we are able to make provisions for the administration of the exam, we do not make any concessions in the marking of the exam – all candidates are treated equally.

Please remember that it is important to notify us of your candidate’s needs at the time of entry for an exam, either by using the relevant code on the entry form or by enclosing a covering letter.

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