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#1 susiejean

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 21:45

So my pupil and I have been slogging away at piano duets since summer in preparation for our Ensemble exam in March.

Went to enter tonight only to discover IT'S A POSTAL ENTRY ONLY. crying.gif

It searched for ages to see where to enter and it was only after a Google search I discovered this. I can't believe they didn't make this clearer. It just never occurred to me it would be different.

Had a look on their late entry policy and THEY DON'T ACCEPT LATE ENTRIES FOR ENSEMBLE!! crying.gif crying.gif

No idea how I'll break this to my duet partner. She has her G8 violin and piano in June and is then off to Uni, so we can't defer.

 


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#2 jenny

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 21:58

I filled out an online entry earlier today (for a piano exam) and I noticed that this is stated at the top of the exam booking page. It caught my eye because it said 'postal entry only' and I don't remember seeing it highlighted before. This is no help to you and I'm really sorry - I can imagine what a shock it must have been when you realised.  


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Posted 18 January 2018 - 22:00

Ring them up tomorrow.  You never know... and what harm can it do to ask?


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#4 susiejean

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 22:01

No, I've never noticed it either. Doesn't mean it wasn't there though. I wouldn't have been looking for it


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Posted 18 January 2018 - 22:01

Ring them up tomorrow.  You never know... and what harm can it do to ask?

I will, but I haven't been finding them very helpful of late, so I'm not holding out hope


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Posted 18 January 2018 - 22:59

That must be so annoying. You couldn't really have been expected to know to look for different entry procedures for this exam.

 

When my son did a jazz exam I only noticed the night before the exam, when I was checking the time, that the board had changed the venue to one much further away than the one we'd requested. It was doable, but I was really cross that they hadn't drawn attention to the change, which they easily could have done. When we got there one of the other candidates had also been changed, from a centre where he lived to the one we were at which was a very long way from his home. And h=guess where the examiner was heading next...to the boy's home tiown! We couldn't fathom it at all, and the communication was lousy.


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Posted 19 January 2018 - 02:18

 

Ring them up tomorrow.  You never know... and what harm can it do to ask?

I will, but I haven't been finding them very helpful of late, so I'm not holding out hope

 

This is a very short term. Entry numbers will be down across the board. I've had three students defer until next term, even though next term two of them are also doing GCSEs and one is getting married. But they'd rather not take the chance on getting an early date this term.

 

You could use that in your arguments. If they are down on numbers, they might be more willing to make an exception for you. Good luck.


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Posted 19 January 2018 - 06:01

Fingers crossed for you that there is some help for you! How utterly ridiculous and frustrating :(
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#9 susiejean

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 07:17

Fingers crossed for you that there is some help for you! How utterly ridiculous and frustrating sad.png

Indeed. Just looked back my verification letter for some of the pieces and it's not even mentioned in it. That would have been helpful


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Posted 19 January 2018 - 08:38

Woeful.

I must say I have been incredibly UNsuccessful in trying to get ANY decent help from ABRSM regarding ensemble exams so I've given up!

Let us know of any further developments, susiejean.

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#11 susiejean

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 09:33

RESULT!!!!

A very nice man gave me his email address and allowed me to scan him in a completed form.

Phew. woot.gif


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#12 becster

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 10:32

Hooray!!!!! That is so completely brilliant Hooray!!! :D
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#13 jenny

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 11:50

That's great! Well done. smile.png


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