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Music History Level 10 Online Examination

Music History Level 10 Online Examination



The Music History Level 10 Online Examination is now available both within the online Music History Level 10 course, and as a standalone offering. The examination is available on demand all year and can be taken by students any place that has a reliable internet connection.

Comparison of the Online Examination with the Written Examination

  • Both examinations are based on Theory Syllabus, 2016 Edition
  • Questions on both exams test knowledge of the music of four historical style periods – the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical eras – with emphasis on the development of musical genres and forms.
Written Online
- Offered three times each year (May, August, and December)
- Must be written at the scheduled times and dates, as outlined online
- Available on demand
- Can be attempted any time, whenever a student is ready
- Must be written at official examination centers - May be completed at any location with Internet access
- 180 minutes in length (3 hours) - 110 minutes in length (1 hour 50 minutes)
- Marked examinations are returned to students, with comments from the examiner

- Examinations are not returned to students. A breakdown showing marks earned for each section is provided

- Comments are not provided

- Musical excerpts for identification may appear on the written exam, but there is no listening component - Listening component are included on each exam, worth 30% of total mark
- Short essay answers are included, and worth approximately 20-40% of the exam
- Questions requiring prose answers typically consist of composers' biographies, musical style, and detailed descriptions of required works
- Two essays are included; A short essay, comparing various aspects of composers’ contributions and musical style, worth 10%, and a long essay, comparing the musical style of two historical periods, or summarizing the characteristics of one or more musical genres or categories, worth 20%.
- Both essay questions will require students to synthesize information, and to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts encountered in the course.


  • Features of the Music History Level 10 Online Examination
    • The exam questions are in the same format as the self-assessment exercises, so there won’t be any surprises or trick questions
    • An online listening component where students will be expected to identify the specific information of required works as as outlined in the Theory Syllabus, 2016 Edition
    • Two essays will provide the opportunity for students to demonstrate their detailed knowledge of genres and composers’ musical style and contributions
      • The essays will consist of comparative and expository essays, requiring students to demonstrate their insights and offering them a chance to reflect on a deeper level
  • How is the Online Examination administered?

    Online examinations are different by nature than paper-based examinations. They require less writing, and responses to questions can be provided faster. This is why the time limit is 1 hour and 50 minutes for the Music History Level 10 online exam, as compared to the 3-hours paper-based written examination. Due to the fact that this examination is not proctored, the reduced time limit also ensures that we are assessing each student’s first-hand knowledge of the material, and not their ability to find the answers elsewhere.

    The inclusion of two essay questions that are marked by members of the College of Examiners provides further validation of the students' understanding and comprehension of the Level 10 History learning objectives as outlined in the Theory Syllabus, 2016 Edition.

    On the written examination, essays most often consist of detailed discussions of the musical contributions, examples of genres and composition titles of specific composers, as well as detailed descriptions on how genres were influenced by individuals, events, and publications. As part of the online examination, essays require students to demonstrate the ability to apply detailed knowledge of the material by describing, discussing, comparing and contrasting specific aspects of composers’ contributions, musical style and genres across the eras.

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