Please read through our answers to some frequently asked question about how Remote Theory Exams work, as well as changes being implemented in the examination process due to social distancing requirements. This FAQ is related to Theory Levels 5 to 8 and History Levels 9 to ARCT, but not Harmony, Harmony/Counterpoint or Analysis. Please consult this page regularly, as we will keep updating the information as new questions come in and further clarifications are made.
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In-person proctoring for Theory Levels 5 - 8 and History 9 - ARCT will be replaced during this period by online monitoring. Credits and certificates will be awarded following the normal procedures. Nonetheless, for extra reassurance and peace of mind, if you wish, a parent in the household may sign on as a proctor by submitting this form. This is optional and not a requirement for receiving credits and certificates. There is no Zoom or other videoconferencing supervision during the exam.
Advanced Theory (Harmony, Counterpoint, Analysis) exams and all Speech Arts Theory and History exams will be conducted via a Zoom classroom with an online proctor.
Just like the paper exams, these online exams are not “open book” exams. As such, please refrain from using notes or the piano. As with in-person written examinations, a keyboard diagram for reference during Theory Level 5 to 8 exams is permitted.
You may use rough paper to make notes to help you answer questions after you begin the tests or exams. For instance, in Music Theory, you may draw a circle of fifths diagram before beginning to answer your questions.
Please note that the test and exam time limits do not allow for spending time searching online for answers or consulting notes. Doing so may lead to not having enough time to complete all the questions in the exams.
The Theory Level 5 to 8 online study guides include 8 unit tests worth 5% each, for a total of 40%, and a final exam worth 60%.
All unit tests and exams have corresponding practice tests to allow you to get used to the question types and test procedures. We recommend that you do these practice tests at your own pace over several days as appropriate, before attempting the graded unit tests and final exams.
You may do the unit tests in any order you wish. You do not have to complete them all in one sitting. For instance, you can complete the first unit test on one day but choose to do the next one three days later.
You can decide to focus on one unit at a time, doing the practice test followed by the unit test, or you can explore different practice tests before deciding to go ahead with a specific unit test.
In order to have access to the practice final exam and graded final exam, you will have to first complete all your unit tests.
Please watch these videos to help you prepare for your exam.
If you run out of time during an exam, your test or exam will be automatically submitted along with all the answers entered up to that point.
After completing a certain question, you may revisit it to review it or change your answer.
All the online unit tests and examinations are based on the Theory Syllabus, 2016 Edition. No additional material beyond the syllabus requirements is included on the tests or exams.
We recommend using Zoom (or any other screen sharing solution) to complete practice tests together and/or discuss practice test results.
If you answer a practice test question incorrectly, a hint is provided. You may take a note or a screenshot of instances where you required the use of a hint, and further discuss your understanding with your teacher. Every time you complete a practice test, your score is archived and your practice test score history may be consulted at any time afterwards That way you can see your improvement and progress over the course of all your attempts.
Upon submitting your final Theory exam, you will immediately see your score as well as what you answered and whether it was correct. Your final grade will update in the MyRCM portal within 24 hours. However, the completed examination will not be returned to you as a PDF, as they are with written examinations.
Yes, the instructions, questions and the answer options will have French translations provided next to the English text.
If you have accessibility or special needs that need to be accommodated, please complete this form.
The online exams load easily even with a “spotty” connection. During the last 5 years of online exams, very few connectivity issues have arisen, therefore it is unlikely that you will be unable to complete an exam. If you do find yourself in such a situation, please fill out this form. The system records when an exam attempt was started, so we will be able to troubleshoot the situation and, if needed, reset the attempt.
If your internet connection returns, simply refresh you page, or navigate back to the test/exam to continue. The questions you had entered up to the last minute before the interruption will be saved.
The online Music Theory exams do not require writing notes on a staff. The questions are in multiple choice format. For example, you will be asked to identify a note, chord or a scale by selecting the correct option from a list. Alternatively, you may also be asked to identify the best answer to a musical question by selecting it from a set of possible solutions written in staff notation.
No, the use of the music theory apps is not necessary for preparing or for completing the online exam process for Music Theory Levels 5 to 8. The Apps are additional tools to help support you in your practice if you are looking for further drills to strengthen your knowledge of theory concepts.
You will be able to type the answers to your essay questions in the online exam. For more information regarding the online History exams, please review the videos found here.
Exam results for Levels 5-8 Theory Online are generally available approximately 5 business days after the exam has been submitted in candidates' MyRCM Account. Candidates will not receive a detailed breakdown of their results in their MyRCM account, however, a single-page mark breakdown is available through their Moodle account.
Exam results for Levels 9 to ARCT History Online are generally available 4 weeks after the exam has been submitted in candidates' MyRCM Account. Candidates will not receive a detailed breakdown of their results in their MyRCM account, however, a single-page mark breakdown is available through their Moodle account.
Advanced Theory examination results (written through Zoom) are generally available six weeks after the examination. Scans of the theory papers will be available eight to ten weeks after the examination in their MyRCM account.
For instructions on where to find your mark in your MyRCM account, click here.
A switch from the study guide option to the standalone exam may be possible as long as you have not yet submitted any unit tests. To request a switch, please contact us. Please note that it is currently not possible to upgrade from the standalone exam option (which was purchased using an exam credit) to the study guide with exam option.
While Online Theory Exams do not include a full practice exam, candidates will be able to practice how to answer questions using the online format, prior to starting their exam.
Approved refunds will be processed to the original payee via the original method of payment.
Online Theory Exams are 1 hour in length and must be completed within 120 days of purchase. Once the student starts the exam, they must finish that exam in one session.
This video demonstrates the RCM Online Theory Exam and how to access it.