Taking an online exam
On this page you can find links to the information you need to book or take an online Grade 5 Music Theory exam on 26 August. This is a live pilot exam available to candidates in the UK only.
- Exam date and time: 26 August 2020 at 5pm
- Booking period: 27 – 31 July 2020
Trial log in and practice questions
We have adapted the style of some questions for use in an online exam. If you are familiar with our paper exams, the online version of some questions will look different. 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 instructions and log in details when these are available.
Online Music Theory Exam Guidelines
This includes important information for applicants, teachers, parents and candidates. These guidelines will take you through:
- Booking an exam – using our online booking service
- Where you can take the exam – including our requirements for the exam location and the equipment you will need
- Candidate ID – needed for all candidates
- 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
Read the full guidelines here.
If you’re the exam applicant you should read our Exam Regulations, which include an additional section (addendum) to cover online Music Theory exams.
Guide to Remote Proctoring in ABRSM Online Theory Exams
This policy provides information about the proctoring for our online Music Theory exams. Proctoring is a little like remote invigilation and ensures that individual candidates take their exams in in accordance with our regulations and requirements. The candidate will be filmed for the duration of the exam via the webcam and exam software, and trained proctors will review each exam. The proctor is the person who views the video recording of the assessment and is responsible for alerting us to any suspicious activity.
The exam platform, proctoring and test delivery are provided by a third party supplier called PSI who deliver over 15 million assessments every year.
If you’re a teacher or candidate preparing for the exam you may find the following useful:
- Information about updated exam questions and syllabus changes.
- Our free Sample Papers and Model Answers.
- Grade 5 cadence question examples
- Updated list of Terms and Signs candidates will need to know for the exam.
- Updated syllabus summary.
If your question isn’t answered in these documents, you may find the information you need in our Frequently asked questions.
We will update this page and publish additional guidance in advance of the next online Music Theory exams available in November 2020 to candidates in the following countries: UK, Czech Republic, India, Ireland, Malta, Russia, Singapore and Slovakia.