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For duplicate certificates/diplomas, please consult a current syllabus to ensure that you have fulfilled the certificate requirements for your grade before mailing or faxing the request form to The Royal Conservatory.
Students may request copies of their previous theory exam results and practical marking forms. Please note these requests are only available for the past 3 years.
Candidates may appeal the mark awarded on a theory examination only for the following reasons:
• an error in the tabulation of marks
• a substantial error or inconsistency in marking
• a clarification of the reasons for the mark received
All enquiries concerning re-calculation or re-evaluation of marks must be addressed in writing to The Royal Conservatory, Attention Candidate Services. Candidates should submit all documentation and fees. Please allow four weeks for a reply.
Important: Any re-evaluation or re-calculation of marks may lead not only to an increase to the mark, but also to a lowering of the mark or to a confirmation of the existing mark.
Re-Calculation of Marks
Candidates who find either an obvious error in the tabulation of marks on an examination paper or a question that has not been marked, may request a re-calculation of marks from The Royal Conservatory. The candidate must submit:
• the original examination paper(s)
• a letter detailing the problem
• the requisite fee for re-calculations
In the event that a calculation or clerical error in the examination marks is found to be in the candidate’s favour, then the mark will be adjusted accordingly and the administrative fee will be refunded.
Re-Evaluation of Theory Papers
Candidates who believe there has been a substantial error or inconsistency in the marking of questions on an examination paper may request a re-evaluation of the entire examination paper.
The candidate must submit:
• the original examination paper(s)
• a letter demonstrating why the candidate’s given answer has been marked incorrectly, citing specific instances
• the requisite fee for re-evaluations
The examination paper will be returned to the candidate, along with a written critique for each question from a member of the RCM College of Examiners. If the re-evaluation results in a higher mark, then the re-evaluation fee will be refunded.
Deadlines for Requesting Re-Calculation or Re-Evaluation
- March 1 for Theory Examinations written in the Winter Session
- September 1 for Theory Examinations written in the Spring Session
- November 1 for Theory Examinations written in the Summer Session
Copies of sample examination papers for each of the following theory examinations are available from The Royal Conservatory for $15 per paper. Please download, complete and submit the Request for Past Examinations Form via fax, mail or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Unless otherwise requested, a PDF version of the exam will be sent to the email address indicated, please allow 2-3 weeks processing.
All Speech Arts & Drama papers are available for free. Click below to download past Speech Arts & Drama examination papers.
Please note that Speech Arts theory exams take place during Winter and Spring sessions only.
ARCT Teacher`s Written Papers
|ARCT Flute Teachers Written||ARCT Guitar Teachers Written|
|ARCT Speech Arts & Drama Teacher`s Written||ARCT Violin Teacher`s Written|
|ARCT Voice Teacher`s Written||Other ARCT Teacher`s Written (please specify discipline)|
Comprehensive Theory Examination
|Comprehensive Theory Examination|
Speech Arts & Drama Papers
|Level 1 Speech Arts: Technical Theory||Level 1 Speech Arts: History & Literature|
|Level 2 Speech Arts: Technical Theory||Level 2 Speech Arts: History & Literature|
|Level 3 Speech Arts: Technical Theory||Level 3 Speech Arts: History & Literature|
|Level 4 Speech Arts: Technical Theory|
ARCT in Composition and Theory Papers
Students may request official transcripts from The Royal Conservatory of Music by mailing of faxing the Request for Official Transcript form. Please allow 2 to 4 weeks for processing.
Transfer Credits for Theory Examinations from other Recognized Examination Systems
Candidates may apply to transfer credits from other recognized examination systems for equivalent Royal Conservatory theory examinations. To view a list of accepted theory examination equivalents, click here.
Transfer Credits for Theory and Practical Examinations based on University/College Transcripts
Candidates who hold a degree in music (e.g., a Bachelor of Music or a Bachelor of Arts degree with a music major) from an accredited university or college may request to have their transcript evaluated for transfer credit of Grade 10 prerequisite and co-requisites theory examinations, ARCT co-requisite theory examinations, and ARCT prerequisite practical examinations.
To apply for any transfer credits, click here to download the Transfer Credits and Exemptions Request Form. Complete and return the form to The Royal Conservatory with copies of all relevant documentation, such as official transcripts, resume, certificates, diplomas, official documentation of performance experience, relevant course outlines, and the requisite fee (as applicable).
The Royal Conservatory must receive all requests no later than the registration deadline of the examination session for which you wish to apply. Please allow four to six weeks for processing. Each application will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and candidates may be granted credit for all, some, or none of their requested transfers.
The Academic Qualifying Examination
Candidates who cannot demonstrate clear equivalents to Royal Conservatory theory examinations may apply for permission to write the Academic Qualifying Examination (formerly known as the Comprehensive Theory Examination). To apply for permission to write the Academic Qualifying Examination, or to request a package of Sample Academic Qualifying Examination Papers, click here to download the Transfer Credits and Exemptions Request Form.
Transfer Credits for the ARCT in Piano Pedagogy
Candidates who have passed the ARCT in Piano Performance examination may choose to be exempted from the Repertoire section of the Advanced Piano Pedagogy Part 1: Practical examination. Candidates who have passed the ARCT Piano Teacher’s Part 1 (practical) examination may choose to be exempted from Advanced Piano Pedagogy Part 1: Practical examination. Click here to download the Transfer Credits and Exemptions Request Form for ARCT Pedagogy Candidates.
Transfer Credits for the Advanced Piano Pedagogy Certificate
Candidates who already hold an ARCT Piano Teacher’s diploma and wish to enrich their qualifications may apply for permission to complete the Advanced Piano Pedagogy certificate. Such candidates may also choose to be exempted from the Advanced Piano Pedagogy Part 1: Practical examination. Click here to download the Transfer Credits and Exemptions Request Form for ARCT Pedagogy Candidates.