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Guidance and supporting resources

Quick links to key documents, videos and support materials for online Music Theory exams.

Syllabus updates and exam questions for online exams from 2020:

Exam guidance:

  • Full guidelines for online Music Theory exams at Grades 1 to 5. These include important information for applicants, teachers, parents and candidates including: 
    • booking an exam
    • the equipment the candidates will need
    • the role of the responsible adult
    • organising exams for multiple candidates in one location
    • the exam itself – including accessing the online exam platform
    • what candidates need to do at the start of the exam
    • the proctoring and security measures that will be place
    • results and certificates
  • Step by step guide to taking the exam; from downloading the software to submitting your exam answers


  • ABRSM online Music Theory exam – System set up and room scan
    • This video shows you how to carry out the room scan. 
    • If possible, the room candidates take the exam in should be free from notes, books of any kind, any depiction of musical notes and any representation of a piano keyboard. As shown in the demo. 
    • If a candidate is not able to access a room free of these items, then all books should remain closed and out of reach, and any depiction of musical notation or representation of a piano keyboard, including an actual piano, should be covered so they are not visible.
  • ABRSM online Music Theory exam – Questions

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