RCM Examinations

Examination Sessions and Registration Deadlines

The Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations are typically held according to the following approximate schedule:

Practical Examinations

Winter (register by early November): two weeks late-January
Spring (register by early March): first three weeks of June
Summer (register by early June): two weeks mid-August

Theory Examinations

Winter (register by early November): the second Friday and following Saturday in December
Spring (register by early March): the second Friday and following Saturday in May
Summer (register by early June): a Friday and following Saturday in mid-August

Online Registration

All registrations should be submitted using the online registration process available at https://examinations.rcmusic.ca/

To register online, click on “Register for an Examination,” and follow the instructions provided. 

Be prepared to enter:

the candidate’s RCME Number and birth date (new candidates will receive an RCME Number when they register)

the RCM Teacher Number

the examination center

payment information – Visa or MasterCard accepted

Teachers may register their students by logging into “Teacher Services” and using the “Studio Registration” feature.

Examination Results

Candidates and teachers can access examination results online within six weeks of the examination.

1) Go to https://examinations.rcmusic.ca/
2) Click on “Examination Results”
3) Click on the appropriate Examination Session you wish to view
4) Enter the candidate’s RCME Number and date of birth
5) Click on the mark to download and view the examiner’s comments
6) Click on the candidate’s name to view an unofficial transcript

Please note that results will not be mailed or given by telephone.

Practical Examination Certificates

Certificates are awarded to candidates who successfully complete the requirements for their grade.

Beginning in Grade 5, certificates are awarded after the theory co-requisites for that grade have been successfully completed. Theory co-requisites must be completed within five years of the original practical examination.

Please note ARCT diplomas are awarded to candidates at the annual Convocation ceremony. Candidates may not use the designation “ARCT” before Convocation.

School Credits

RCM Examinations results can sometimes be used as a credit toward high school graduation or toward university entrance. In Canada, the policies of provincial education ministries can be found online under “Academic Information, High School Accreditation.” Candidates are advised to discuss the eligibility of their examination results with their school principal or guidance counselor.

RCME 2017-18 Dates (Canada)


WINTER SESSION
Registration Opens
September 12, 2017
Registration Deadline
November 1, 2017
Theory Examinations
December 8 & 9, 2017
Practical Examinations
January 15–27, 2018
APRIL SESSION (in select centres only)
Registration Opens
November 14, 2017
Registration Deadline
January 4, 2018
Theory Examinations
not available
Piano Examinations
April 9–14, 2018
SPRING SESSION
Registration Opens
January 16, 2018
Registration Deadline
March 6, 2018
Theory Examinations
May 11 & 12, 2018
Practical Examinations
June 4–23, 2018
SUMMER SESSION
Registration Opens
April 3, 2018
Registration Deadline
June 5, 2018
Theory Examinations
August 10 & 11, 2018
Practical Examinations
August 13–25, 2018

Practical Examinations take place Monday to Saturday from 9:00am to 5:30pm

Theory Examinations take place only on the dates stated above and according to the following schedule:

SUBJECT DAY TIME
Level 5 Theory Saturday 2:00 pm 3:00 pm
Level 6 Theory Saturday 9:30 am 11:30 am
Level 7 Theory Saturday 9:30 am 11:30 am
Level 8 Theory Saturday 2:00 pm 4:00 pm
Level 9 History Friday 2:00 pm 5:00 pm
Level 10 History Friday 9:30 am 12:30 pm
ARCT History Friday 2:00 pm 5:00 pm

 

ALTERNATE RCM THEORY EXAMINATION SCHEDULE
SUBJECT
DAY
TIME
Level 5 Theory
Friday
9:30am – 10:30am
Level 6 Theory
Friday
9:30am – 11:30am
Level 7 Theory
Friday
9:30am – 11:30am
Level 8 Theory
Friday
9:30am – 11:30am

 

CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS

Certificates are awarded at every level to all candidates who have successfully completed the requirements for practical and theory examinations. Certificates are mailed in late March, late June and late October to eligible candidates. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.

When you have completed... You will receive a certificate for...
PRACTICAL
Introductory or Preparatory Practical Introductory Practical
Level 1 Practical Level 1
Level 2 Practical Level 2
Level 3 Practical Level 3
Level 4 Practical Level 4
Level 5 Practical and Level 5 Theory Level 5
Level 6 Practical and Level 6 Theory Level 6
Level 7 Practical and Level 7 Theory Level 7
Level 8 Practical and Level 8 Theory Level 8
Level 9 Practical, Level 8 Theory, Level 9 Harmony, and Level 9 History Level 9
Level 10 Practical, Level 8 Theory, Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint, and Level 10 History Level 10
ARCT Performer's, Level 6 Piano (Non-piano subjects only), ARCT History, and any two of the three senior-level harmony stream courses (ARCT Harmony, Counterpoint, or Analysis) ARCT Performer's
ARCT Teacher's, Level 8 Piano (Non-piano subjects only), and any two of the three senior-level harmony stream courses (ARCT Harmony, Counterpoint, or Analysis) ARCT Teacher's
THEORY
Level 5 Theory Level 5
Level 6 Theory Level 6
Level 7 Theory Level 7
Level8 Theory Level 8
Level 9 Harmony and Level 9 History Level 9
Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint and Level 10 History Level 10
ARCT Harmony, ARCT History, Analysis, Counterpoint History and Theory: Advanced

 

CLASSIFICATION OF MARKS

FOR GRADES 1 – 10
Classification Range of Marks
First Class Honours with Distinction 90– 00
First Class Honours 80–89
Honours 70–79
Pass 60–69
Grade 10 ARCT prerequisite 75 overall or 70% in each section

FOR PERFORMER'S AND TEACHER'S ARCT 
Classification Range of Marks
First Class Honours with Distinction 90–100
First Class Honours 80–89
Honours 70–79
Pass (Performer’s) minimum 70
Pass (Teacher’s) 75 overall or 70% in each section

 

ACCREDITATION

In many school systems across Canada, achievement in RCM Examinations is recognized for credit toward secondary school graduation. Achievement in the Certificate Program of RCM Examinations is also considered an important element in entrance requirements for professional music programs at many universities and colleges across North America. Each Ministry of Education determines accreditation eligibility for their province. Students should consult with their private music teacher or school guidance counselor for more details.

ONTARIO
Instrument(s) RCM Examinations Level Receive Credit for...
Any musical instrument on which performance is examined including Voice, but not including Speech Arts & Drama Level 7 Practical + Level 6 or Level 7 Theory Grade 11
Any musical instrument on which performance is examined including Voice, but not including Speech Arts & Drama Level 8 Practical + Level 8 Theory Grade 12

 

Please visit https://examinations.rcmusic.ca/ for more details.

ABRSM in Canada

The most authoritative and widely-used international music examinations with the longest history

Founded in 1889, ABRSM has a long history with 120 years, it is recognized by more than 90 countries and regions worldwide. More than 600,000 examinees take part in it each year.

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, ABRSM in short, is composed of The Royal Academy of Music, The Royal College of Music, The Royal Northern College of Music and The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

More than 600 international senior music experts are engaged as examiners to provide objective, fair, reasonable and effective assessments.

Examinees with different nationalities, ages, faiths, music learning background, even those who have physical disabilities or special requirements are all eligible to ABRSM examinations.

Please visit http://ca.abrsm.org/en/home for more details.

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