Who can use an amanuensis?
If you are unable to access the written paper or write down your answers, you may request the use of an amanuensis.
- A candidate who is visually impaired and cannot access a large print or braille paper may use an amanuensis to read the questions and write down their answers.
- A candidate with specific learning difficulties may use an amanuensis to either read the questions or write their answers down, or both.
- A candidate who has a physical disability or a long-term or chronic injury may use an amanuensis to write down their answers.
How to request an amanuensis
If you wish to use an amanuensis, you should select this option on the entry form.
Who will the amanuensis be?
It is your responsibility to provide an amanuensis. If you have been unable to source one then please contact the Access Coordinator no later than 3 weeks before the exam date.
Anyone can act as an amanuensis as long as they meet these criteria:
The amanuensis should be musically literate and educated to at least the equivalent level of the exam being taken.
Ideally, the amanuensis should have worked with you at least once before, either in music lessons or in another exam. If this is not possible, we advise that you and the amanuensis have sufficient time to practice ahead of the exam.
We ask that the amanuensis is not your music teacher or a relation, unless absolutely necessary.
Where will the exam take place?
As you and your amanuensis will need to work in a separate room, we ask that, if possible, applicants arrange a private visit for the exam – further information can be found here
If this is not possible, we will do our best to arrange for the exam to be held in another room at the main ABRSM centre. However, this cannot be guaranteed, and when it is not possible we may have to look further afield. In this case, we will refund any travel expenses incurred.
Venue, staff and moderators
Present in the exam room will be the candidate, amanuensis and an invigilator.
Who will invigilate the exam?
If you are taking the exam as a private visit, applicants are responsible for arranging an invigilator.
If you are taking your exam in a separate room at the main ABRSM centre, ABRSM will provide invigilation.
When will the exam take place?
The exam will take place on the same date and at the same time as all other Music Theory exams. It is therefore important that the venue is available at this time.
Will there be extra time?
The following extra time allowance will be given to candidates using an amanuensis, provided we are informed on entry:
- Grades 1–3: 30 minutes
- Grades 4–5: 40 minutes
- Grades 6–8: 60 minutes
Coloured and enlarged papers
If you have difficulty reading from white paper, you may request the exam paper to be printed on coloured paper. You should send 20 sheets in the correct colour and of the required size to the Theory team at the address below at the time of entry.
Large print papers are available in A3 format and come as standard on white paper.
Results will be issued in line with ABRSM’s normal timelines
You may request your results in alternative formats, such as braille or large or modified print. To do this, please inform ABRSM at the time of entry.
- Inform ABRSM at the time of entry that your candidate requires an amanuensis by selecting the relevant access provision on the entry form
- Provide ABRSM the name and address of your candidate’s amanuensis as soon as possible and no later than three weeks before the exam date
- Ensure that information is passed on to the amanuensis, as a signed agreement is required in order that the exam be validated
- Abide by the exam regulations
- Try to provide a venue and invigilator if you are not able
- Pay for any travel costs incurred should you need to travel out of your local area to a venue that we have provided
- Provide you with results in a format that you are able to access on request