ABRSM Music Theory Online Exams 

ABRSM Music Theory Online

ABRSM Music Theory Online Exams

In December 2020, ABRSM music theory online exams were launched for grades 1 to 5 in Singapore and various other countries. Please find below more helpful information about online exams.

Grade 5 ABRSM Online Music Theory Exam

The ABRSM grade 5 theory exam (now fully online) is a prerequisite to grades 6 to 8 ABRSM practical exams.  Results are typically released a month after the exam.

In the online theory exam, students log in usually from home to take the exam.  Answers mostly involve ticking or filling in a blank.  It will take the same understanding in the tested topics as the old paper-based grade 5 exams but more thought and care is needed before putting down the answer!

Students will also need to get used to the online format of the paper with any working written on a separate piece of paper.  Here is a free Sample ABRSM paper for the new grade 5 online theory exam:

Music Theory Lessons and High Scores

For small group Saturday in-person theory lessons with Ms Clara Ong at Novena (opposite United Square), please click here.

Individual music theory lessons are available on request.  

Grades 1 to 5 music theory is included as part of private piano lessons with Ms Clara Ong.

Most of my theory students do the grade 5, grade 6 and grade 8 theory exams. At grade 5 level, most students score distinctions.  These are the high scores:

  • 72/75 marks Distinction in online grade 5 theory 
  • 93/100 marks Distinction in grade 6 paper-based theory
  • 94/100 marks Distinction in grade 8 paper-based theory

What an ABRSM online music theory exam would require:

  • a suitable venue in your home or any other location
  • a laptop or computer (no tablet or phone) with live webcam and some software and hardware requirements (Click here for details)
  • an email address
  • candidate ID
  • a Responsible Adult for candidates below 18 for initial exam setup     (Click here for details)

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