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Practical Exams Update – Portugal website

We appreciate how much the cancellation of our exams has affected learners and we are working hard on solutions to ensure learners can gain their qualifications at the earliest opportunity.

However, on the basis of official and local advice due to COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel all Practical exams in Portugal until further notice. This decision affects all 2020 bookings for Practical Graded Music Exams, ARSM and Diplomas. Following this decision, we will process 100% refunds for all existing exam bookings and our Representative will provide further guidance in due course.

We are sorry for the impact on teachers and candidates and thank you for your loyalty and support while these restrictions remain in place. We are continuing to review when live Practical exams can resume in Portugal and will offer them again at the earliest possible opportunity.

We will be gradually rolling out remotely-assessed Performance Grades and will share exam dates and booking periods soon.

Jazz Performance Assessment is an opportunity for musicians of any age or level to have their prepared work assessed by a musician with broad jazz experience, without the pressure normally associated with public performance or exams.

How it works

A free choice of repertoire – lasting no more than 15 minutes and broadly corresponding to the tunes included in ABRSM’s Jazz syllabus – should be offered, and performers will need to provide their own accompaniment where appropriate. Constructive comments on the performance are written by the examiner on the certificate that each candidate receives at the end of the assessment.

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