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US Exam Centers, Dates, Fees

US Examination Registration Guide

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.

 

REGISTER FOR EXAMINATIONS
 

2019.20 Exam Dates

November/December Session Important Dates

Event Date
Online Registration Opens September 4, 2019
Online Registration Deadline October 15, 2019
Theory Examinations December 13 & 14, 2019 
Practical Examinations November 30 -December 12, 2019


May/June Session Important Dates

Event Date
Online Registration Opens January 7, 2020
Online Registration Deadline February 11, 2020
Theory Examinations May 8 & 9, 2020 
Practical Examinations May 10-June 1, 2020

 

August Session Important Dates

Event Date
Online Registration Opens April 14, 2020
Online Registration Deadline May 12, 2020
Theory Examinations August 7 & 8, 2020
Practical Examinations July 31- August 6, 2020 (select centers only)

 

US Examination Centers

 

US Examination Fees 

  • Practical Examination Fees
    Practical Examination Fee
    Preparatory (non-piano) $60
    Preparatory A $60
    Preparatory B $60
    Level 1 $99
    Level 2 $120
    Level 3 $145
    Level 4 $155
    Level 5 $168
    Level 6 $179
    Level 7 $188
    Level 8 $237
    Level 9 $270
    Level 10 $431
    Level 10 Split: Repertoire Only $301
    Level 10 Split: Technique, Ear Tests, and Sight Reading $301
    Level 10 Split: Technique, Orchestral Excerpts, Ear Tests, and Sight Reading $302
    ARCT - Performer's $740
    ARCT - Teacher's (non-piano) $730
    ARCT - Teacher's Part 1 (non-piano) $460
    ARCT - Teacher's Part 2 (non-piano) $460
    Elementary Piano Pedagogy $377
    Intermediate Piano Pedagogy $396
    Advanced Piano Pedagogy Practical $505
    Advanced Piano Pedagogy Viva Voce $505
    Licentiate - Piano Performance $889
    Level 9 Keyboard Harmony $180
    Level 10 Keyboard Harmony $205
    ARCT Keyboard Harmony $245
  • Supplemental Practical Examination Fees (Level 10 and ARCT only, if applicable)
    Level 10 Supplemental Examinations Fee
    Technical Requirements $180
    Ear Test $155
    Sight Reading or Sight Singing $155
    Studies Only
    (NOT applicable to piano, accordion, cello, double bass, guitar, viola, violin; please consult a current syllabus for further details)
    $160
    Orchestral Excerpts (where applicable) $180
    Figured Bass $140
    Questions $140
    Pedal Scales $160
    Trio Studies $160
    Obbligato $160
    ARCT  Supplemental Examinations  
    Advanced Piano Pedagogy Supplemental: Repertoire $505
    Technical Requirements $195
    Ear Test $170
    Sight Reading or Sight Singing $195
    Figured Bass $160
    Orchestral Excerpts (where applicable) $185
    Viva Voce "A" Pedagogical Principles $220
    Viva Voce "B" Applied Pedagogy $220
  • Theory Examination Fees
    Level 5 Theory $125
    Level 6 Theory $135
    Level 7 Theory $145
    Level 8 Theory $155
    Level 9 Harmony & Counterpoint $180
    Level 9 History $180
    Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint $203
    Level 10 History $203
    ARCT in Composition & Theory $870
    ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint $250
    ARCT Analysis $250
    ARCT History $250
    ARCT Teachers Written $250
    Elementary Piano Pedagogy Written $170
    Intermediate Piano Pedagogy Written $191
    Advanced Piano Pedagogy Written $250
    Academic Qualifying Exam $850
    Aural Skills $240
    Baroque Harmony & Counterpoint I $240
    Baroque Harmony & Counterpoint II $240
    Classical Harmony & Counterpoint $240
    Counterpoint $240
    Music History after 1900 $240
    Music History up to 1900 $240
    Orchestration I $240
    Orchestration II $240
    Post-1900 Composition Techniques $240
  • Services Fees
        
    • Practice Theory Paper Assessment: $65  
    • Re-Evaluation of Theory Examination Paper: $65  
    • Re-Calculation of Theory Examination Paper: $20    
    • Duplicate or Replacement Practical Results: $35    
    • Duplicate or Replacement Theory Results: $35   
    • Transcript: $35  
    • Transcripts (per additional copy): $10    
    • Duplicate or Replacement Certificates: $45    
    • Duplicate or Replacement Diplomas: $85    
    • Duplicate or Replacement Silver/Gold Medals: $100 
    • Transfer of Theory Credit: $65   
    • Special Theory Center: $35    
    • Past Sample Theory Papers (ARCT Teacher's Written and Theory & Composition — non-piano): $15    
    • Late Application Fee: $45    
    • Paper Application Fee: $20    
    • Substitute Piece Request: $30

     

  • Why Take an Exam?

    The RCM Certificate Program offers examinations at all levels as an integral part of our renowned system of study. This is because examinations:

    • provide students with a challenge to prepare for and overcome
    • help students to set goals and round out their musical knowledge.
    • are a great way for them to show off student progression and achievements and a wonderful way to celebrate student success along their music journey

    Students who take exams see additional benefits, both in their daily lives and in their music training. Here are a few examples:

    • Eligible to win Gold Medal awards from The Royal Conservatory.
    • Many high schools recognize RCM Certificate Program examinations for credit toward graduation.
    • An accredited examiner from the RCM's College of Examiners provides objective feedback and comments which can be valuable in developing the student’s skills.
    • Students who participate in RCM examinations tend to become more dedicated to their instrument and practice more often.
    • Achievement in RCM Certificate Program examinations is an impressive addition to any résumé. More than just sharing an individual’s musical accomplishments, it is indicative of their creativity, a willingness to learn, an ability to set both short and long-term goals, and a commitment to achieving difficult tasks.

    We encourage all our students to take examinations to challenge themselves and help build their confidence!

    View our Guide to Examinations!

    Also, watch these 2 short videos of students talking about their exam experiences!

  • New to Teaching the RCM Certificate Program?

    If you are new to teaching the RCM Certificate Program and are unsure how to submit your students for exams, we have prepared an online guide to help!

    Use the navigation link at the top of the guide to jump to our step-by-step instructions on how to register your students.

    View Guide