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Latest Exams News

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The goals of the RCM since the virus outbreak have been to support teachers and to enable tens of thousands of registered students to complete their exams as planned. We have addressed these goals by making online teacher resources available and by offering online testing. Remote examinations offer a viable solution to a very difficult problem. 

These pages contain the official and most up-to-date information regarding RCM Certificate Program examinations.

Remote Exams Overview

We encourage you to visit this page on our website regularly. This site will continue to be updated and will have the most up-to-date information regarding Remote Exams. Please bookmark this page for easy access.

Please note, our Candidate Services team does not have any additional information regarding exams.

Modification to Accompanist Requirement for COVID-19

Updated July 25, 2022

The modified policy is intended to accommodate those who are unable to safely work with a collaborative pianist. Students are strongly encouraged to continue to perform with collaborative pianists whenever possible.

These temporary modifications to the requirements outlined in the syllabi will remain in place through September 30, 2022.

Please click here to view the modified policy.

Remote Exams: Rogers Internet Outage

Updated July 8, 2022

Rogers Communications Inc., one of Canada's largest internet companies, is currently experiencing an outage of its internet and mobile services across Canada.

If you are having issues connecting to your remote examination, or if the examiner cannot connect, please fill out the Practical Exam Issues Form when possible and we will reschedule your examination.

Canada August 2022 Advanced Theory

Updated June 20, 2022

We are pleased to announce that the registration deadline for August 2022 Advanced Theory* exams in Canada has been extended to June 28, 2022. This deadline does not apply to remote practical exams or intermediate theory and history exams. Registration is on a first come, first served basis, so consider registering today to secure your preferred date and time. We encourage you to speak with your teacher before registering to determine which session is best for you.

August 2022 Advanced Theory Dates

All Advanced Theory exams will be conducted remotely via Zoom and must be registered through a MyRCM account. Below are the key dates:
Advanced Theory* Examination Dates: August 5 & 6, 2022
NEW Registration Deadline: June 28, 2022

* Advanced Theory Exams include: Level 9 Harmony, Level 10 and ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint, ARCT Analysis, Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced Piano Pedagogy Written, and Teachers’ Written.

August 2022

Updated June 20, 2022

Online registration for the August in-person examination session is open for all levels. Please review the following information about how exams for the August session will take place.

In-Person Practical Exam Health and Safety Policies

Updated March 21, 2022

The health and safety of the RCM community continues to be our number-one priority as we transition back to in-person exams.​  To provide an enhanced environment for both students and examiners, please note the following: 

  • We ask students to be accompanied by only one parent or guardian, except for voice and instrumental exams where both one parent and the collaborative pianist are allowed.
  • Individuals will make a personal decision regarding the use of masks, and it is important that everyone respects the choice made by others. We recommend face coverings; however, they are not required. 
  • Students must wash or sanitize their hands prior to their exam.
  • Wipes will be available for keyboard sanitization between exams

May/June 2022

Updated January 12, 2022

Almost two years have passed since public health measures aimed at restricting the transmission of COVID-19 were implemented across Canada. During this time, music teachers across the country have displayed remarkable determination in ensuring that students continued to progress in their studies.

As you know, we initiated online practical exams for the first time in our history as a means of supporting teachers and providing motivation for students to continue their studies. More than 45,000 students participated, and we congratulate all of these candidates, their parents, and their teachers for their outstanding resilience. This new format offered several advantages and, for many, has proven to be the preferred choice. We are aware that some share our enthusiasm for a return to in-person practical exams.

For the majority of candidates this May/June session, remote exams will continue to be the choice method of assessment and candidates at all levels and in every location will continue to have access to the remote exams process.

Additionally, we are pleased to share our plans to progressively begin the return to the in-person format. Starting with the May/June exams session, The RCM Certificate Program will open a very limited number of exam centers for in-person practical examinations.