ABRSM Music Theory Online Exams

ABRSM Music Theory Online

As ABRSM Music Theory Online Exams roll out in 2020, many students who have been preparing for paper exams need to adapt their preparation to be ready for an online exam.

Updates on ABRSM Music Theory Online Exams

ABRSM music theory online exams launched in the UK in late August 2020.  After many candidates reported problems, the Singapore online ABRSM music theory exam date has been moved to 12 December 2020.

With the repeated postponement of the online exams, many students are in need of a revision of exam topics and practice on new format type questions.

Grade 5 Revision Classes

A four-lesson revision class is planned for November 2020.  Please email me if you are interested so you may be updated when details are out.

Please find below more helpful information about online exams.


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)


Grade 5 ABRSM Online Music Theory Exam

Many students sit for this important exam as it is a prerequisite for grades 6 to 8 ABRSM practical.  ABRSM released some information which you may find helpful if you have been preparing for the grade 5 theory exam which has now gone online.  

ABRSM Singapore updates it's website every time new information is available. The ABRSM online theory syllabus for grades 1 to 5 remains the same as paper exams.  However, the format of the exam questions are now adapted to the online format.


Grade 5 ABRSM Online Music Theory Sample Paper and Answer

In the new online theory exam format, my students have taken a longer time to complete the questions.  Those who used to complete the past year paper exams in about an hour now take about 1.5 hours to complete the new online sample paper.  You may want to try it if you are doing the grade 5 online theory exam soon!


ABRSM Online Music Theory Lessons

To know more about ABRSM online music theory classes with Clara Ong, click here. 

Most of my theory students do the grade 5, grade 6 and grade 8 theory exams. 80 marks is merit and 90 marks is distinction. These are the high scores:

  • 98 marks Distinction in grade 5 theory 
  • 93 marks Distinction in grade 6 theory
  • 94 marks Distinction in grade 8 theory



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