Introducing online exams: Grades 1 to 5
- We are moving Music Theory exams at Grades 1 to 5 to an online assessment, instead of a paper-based one. These online exams will be available in a limited number of territories to begin with, starting with a Grade 5 live pilot exam on 26 August for candidates in the UK.
- During 2021, we aim to introduce online assessment for all Grade 1 to 5 Music Theory exams worldwide.
- Where online exams are available – paper-based exams will no longer be an option for Grades 1 to 5 (except in very limited special circumstances).
- Where online exams are not yet available – we will offer paper-based exams for Grades 1 to 5 where we can do this safely and in line with government guidance.
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Updated questions & syllabus changes: Grades 1 to 5
- We have updated some questions and made some small changes to the syllabus at these grades.
- We have also adapted the style of some questions to fit the online exam format.
- These updated questions and syllabus changes apply to online exams from 2020 in all territories where they are available.
- Where online exams are not yet available and we are still offering paper-based exams, these updated questions and syllabus changes apply from 2021.
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Preparing for an online exam
- To support teachers and learners working towards Music Theory exams at Grades 1 to 5, we are publishing a range of exciting new books and resources – available from October 2020.
- We are also providing free Sample Papers and Model Answers for Grades 1 to 5. The Grade 5 Sample Paper and Model Answers are available now. Grades 1 to 4 will follow.
- Once the booking period has closed, all candidates entered for an online Music Theory exam will be able to log in, experience the online exam platform and practise a small selection of sample questions before the exam. We will email the applicant with the relevant log in details and instructions.
Look out for more information about books, resources and preparation materials – coming soon!
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