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. ABRSM is not able to provide an amanuensis.
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?
You may take the exam anywhere you wish in line with our published guidelines. You should ensure that the amanuensis can see the screen and that they are in shot of the camera at all times.
The exam will be videoed and recorded using your device’s webcam and microphone. Videos and recordings will be reviewed to ensure that the support offered is in line with these guidelines.
Please ensure you have read and understood these guidelines for working with an amanuensis. It is important that the amanuensis does not read questions in such a way that offers an advantage to candidates.
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.
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
If you routinely receive longer than 25% extra time for exams, please let us know when you make your exam entry so that we can ensure this is available to you.
You may request a hard copy paper if you have difficulties accessing or reading from a computer screen. Please ensure you select the option that most closely describes your requirements, for example ‘candidate with specific learning difficulties requiring a large print paper’.
If you request an additional hard copy exam paper, including a paper in large or modified print or Braille, this should be opened in front of the camera after logging into the online system.
- 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 if you require a hard copy exam paper
- 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
- Provide you with results in a format that you are able to access on request