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Practice Theory Assessments

Candidates may submit practice examination papers to be marked by a member of The Royal Conservatory’s College of Examiners, and receive feedback to aid in their preparation for written examinations.

Practice Assessments for the following written examination subjects, from the following RCM publications, may be submitted.

Practice Examination Papers, 2016 Edition

(Theory examinations based on requirements of the Theory Syllabus, 2016 Edition
  • Level 5 Theory
  • Level 6 Theory
  • Level 7 Theory
  • Level 8 Theory
  • Level 9 Harmony
  • Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint
  • ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint
  • ARCT Analysis
  • Level 9 History
  • Level 10 History
  • ARCT History
  • Piano Pedagogy Written: Elementary
  • Piano Pedagogy Written: Intermediate
  • Piano Pedagogy Written: Advanced

Official Examination Papers, 2015 Edition   

(Theory Examinations based on the requirements of the Theory Syllabus, 2009 Edition)
  • Rudiments (Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced)
  • Harmony (Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced)
  • Counterpoint
  • Analysis
  • History (1, 2, and 3)
  • Piano Pedagogy Written: Elementary
  • Piano Pedagogy Written: Intermediate
  • Piano Pedagogy Written: Advanced

Candidates will receive their assessed paper by mail 3 – 4 weeks after the date of the submission. Candidates will receive a mark and brief comments on their assessed practice paper.

Please note:

  • Assessments do not necessarily reflect a candidate’s potential performance on a theory examination under examination conditions. The comments and marks should only be used as tools for review and improvement.
  • Practice papers submitted for assessment MUST be taken from the Practice Examination Papers, 2016 Edition OR Official Examination Papers, 2015 Edition. Papers from previous editions of the Official Examination Papers cannot be accepted for assessment.
  • Practice Theory Assessment requests may be submitted at any time during the year. However, in order for feedback to be returned to a candidate in advance of examination sessions, submissions must be received by The Royal Conservatory no later than the deadlines indicated on the Practice Theory Assessment Submission Form. Requests received after the respective deadlines are not guaranteed to be returned prior to the relevant examination sessions.

To Submit Practice Theory Assessments:

  1. Complete any practice theory paper from The Royal Conservatory’s Practice Examination Papers, 2016 Edition OR Official Examination Papers, 2015 Edition.
  2. Mail the completed practice paper and Practice Theory Assessment Submission Form with the requisite fee of $65 to:
    Practice Theory Assessments
    The Royal Conservatory
    273 Bloor Street West
    Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W2