World Music and Dance Exams Regulations – UK

  • Candidates may be entered for an exam by a school, an institution, a teacher of music, a parent or a guardian.
  • Adult students over the age of eighteen may enter themselves for an exam.
  • All applications with fees must be submitted by the published closing date ( by visiting the book an exam page.
  • We may accept late applications for an additional admin fee of £20 per candidate ONLY if the seats are available. Please note that some exam centres may be fully booked and will not be available for late entries. Applications received after the final date for late applications will be entered for the next available exam date.
  • Fees will only be accepted online. All major debit and credits cards are accepted.
  • Examination fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Any preferences or special requests sent after the submission of the application will incur a £10 administration fee. Any special requests submitted within three weeks before the exam date will not be accepted.
  • You must ensure that your details and spellings of your names are correct on all our correspondence to you and advise us of any corrections in writing. The charge for replacement printed certificates is £25 (Grade Certificate) and £40 (Level Certificate). The charge for replacement digital certificates (Grade certificates only) is £10.
  • PRSSV welcomes entries from candidates who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. The Examinations Manager must be notified of the nature of the SEN/Disability by letter/email before the exam application is made so that there is adequate time for the provision to be made. For further details please contact
  • For Steel Pan and Dhol in person exams, centre fees may be charged by the authorised exam centres.

Exam Requirements

  • A candidate may start taking PRSSV exams at any Level, however, the candidate must complete all grades in between to achieve the Level, for example: to achieve a Level 2, a candidate must pass both Grade 4 and Grade 5.
  • A candidate cannot appear in two grades of the same subject at the same time; however, a candidate may take exams for two different subjects at the same time.
  • A candidate must wait for the previous grade’s results before applying for the next grade. All such applications will be rejected automatically.

Below pass and Resits

  • A candidate can resit twice, if they got below pass either the theory or the practical part of their exam.
  • If a candidate, even after two resits, fails to achieve 50% in the respective exam, he/she will have to appear for both theory and practical again by submitting a new application with full fees.


A candidate who is absent from an exam without prior information will forfeit their fees.


A candidate who withdraws from an exam may be eligible for a transfer of fees, under circumstances listed below. The candidate may enter the next exam session on payment of an admin fee of £10 (From grade Initial to grade 3), £20 (For grades 4 and 5), £30 (For grades 6 and 7), and £55 for grade 8.

Please note if you withdraw in the last two weeks before the exam date, except in a medical emergency, the attempt and fees will be forfeited and you will need to apply and pay again.

Listed Circumstances

  • Illness or Injury

    A transfer of exam and the fees may be permitted, provided that the withdrawal is notified to PRSSV in writing as soon as possible and submitted no later than the day of the exam and is supported by documentary evidence. This should normally be a medical certificate, although a letter from someone in authority, such as a Head teacher or the school nurse, confirming the candidate’s indisposition or injury may also be accepted. An admin fee of £10 will be charged for the transfer of the exam and fees.
  • Exceptional Personal Circumstances

    A transfer of the exam and fees may be permitted on compassionate grounds if a candidate is withdrawing due to exceptional personal circumstances, such as bereavement, family crisis, personal trauma or major travel incident. The request for transfer must be made to PRSSV in writing no later than the day of the exam with full details substantiating the request for an exceptional transfer on compassionate grounds.
  • Example of reasons for withdrawal/absence for which no fees transfer will be made:

    1. Inconvenient exam date
    2. Candidate not ready for the exam
    3. Difficulties finding an accompanist
    4. Candidate on holiday at time of exam
    5. Candidate on school trip
    6. Missed lessons