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RCM Certificate Program examinations provide a national standard for students, parents and teachers to track and measure progress and achievements. Preparing for and successfully completing an examination builds self-confidence and helps students develop a sense of pride.


2021.22 Exam Dates

November/December Session

Please be advised that due to ongoing concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person examinations will not be offered in the US during the traditional winter session (November/December 2021).  

Event Date
Advanced Theory Registration Deadline November 2, 2021
Theory Examinations *

Remote: December 10 & 11, 2021 (Advanced Theory Remote Exams Only)

Practical Examinations Remote Exams: Register Now (Remote exams only - no registration deadline)

*Online Theory exams for Levels 5 through 8 will be available through the Theory Study Guides and the standalone Online Theory Exams. Online History exams for levels 9 through ARCT exams are available and can be purchased here. For the Online History Courses plus exam, please click here.

May/June Session

Event Date
Online Registration Opens January 4, 2022
Online Registration Deadline February 15, 2022
Theory Examinations

Remote: May 13 & 14, 2022 (Advanced Theory Remote Exams Only)

In-Person: TBD

Practical Examinations In-Person: TBD

2021.22 Theory (Academic) Exam Dates

Theory (Academic) Examinations take place only on the dates stated above and according to the following schedule:

Subject Day Time
Level 5 Theory Saturday 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Level 6 Theory Saturday 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Level 7 Theory Saturday 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Level 8 Theory Saturday

2:00–4:00 p.m.

Level 9 Harmony Saturday 9:30–12:30 p.m.
Level 9 History Friday 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint Saturday 9:30–12:30 p.m.
Level 10 History Friday 9:30–12:30 p.m.
ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint Saturday 9:30–12:30 p.m.
ARCT Analysis Saturday 2:00–5:00 p.m.
ARCT History Friday 2:00–5:00 p.m.
ARCT Teacher's Written Friday 9:30–12:30 p.m.
Elementary Piano Pedagogy Written Friday 9:30–12:30 p.m.
Intermediate Piano Pedagogy Written Friday 9:30–12:30 p.m.
Advanced Piano Pedagogy Written Friday 9:30–12:30 p.m.


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