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Reminder of Accompaniment Policy

Updated January 17, 2024

Performing with a collaborative pianist is an important aspect of music-making for students and a valuable part of the examination experience. It has been noted that some students have not been performing their remote and in-person exams with accompaniment where required. To encourage students to perform with accompaniment during examinations, effective 1 February 2024 a deduction of up to 10 marks may be applied for any examination not adhering to the stated policy. This follows a modified accompaniment policy that was in place from March 2020 to March 2023 and a generous grace period from March 2023 to January 2024, where no deductions have been applied. View details of the current Accompaniment Policy here.

Up to 10 marks may be deducted in the following situations:

  • Preparatory–Level 4:
    • The student performs without a collaborative pianist or recording.
  • Levels 5 and up:
    • The student performs without a collaborative pianist, or
    • The student performs with a recorded accompaniment.

May/June 2024 Session

Updated January 16, 2024

Registration is open for May/June in-person exams. Register today to ensure you secure your preferred in-person exam date and time.

Important Dates for May/June 2024 In-Person Exams

April 2024 (Canada)

Updated November 14, 2023

Registration is open for April in-person piano examinations in Canada.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Register today to ensure you secure your preferred in-person exam date and time.

December 2023/January 2024 (Canada)

Updated September 12, 2023

Registration is now open for the December/January session for both Practical and Theory in-person exams in Canada. This includes all practical disciplines, intermediate theory (Levels 5 – 8), and advanced theory (Levels 9 – ARCT). Please note that history exams are available online only. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Remote exams will continue to be available on an ongoing basis throughout the year, subject to availability.

Remote Exams

Updated November 29, 2022

RCM Remote Exams are still available all year ‘round! They are a convenient and flexible way to support achievement. Students can complete their practical (instrumental) exams, on their own instrument at a time and place that is convenient for them! Theory (written) exams can be completed online at any time. We encourage students to discuss with their teachers how a remote examination can help them achieve the next step in their musical journey.

In-Person Practical Exam Health and Safety Policies

Updated March 21, 2022

The health and safety of the RCM community continues to be our number-one priority as we transition back to in-person exams.​  To provide an enhanced environment for both students and examiners, please note the following: 

  • We ask students to be accompanied by only one parent or guardian, except for voice and instrumental exams where both one parent and the collaborative pianist are allowed.
  • Individuals will make a personal decision regarding the use of masks, and it is important that everyone respects the choice made by others. We recommend face coverings; however, they are not required. 
  • Students must wash or sanitize their hands prior to their exam.
  • Wipes will be available for keyboard sanitization between exams