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Information for RIAM Music & Drama Exam Candidates

The health and safety of our students, their families and our teams is our priority. One immediate impact of COVID-19 was the rescheduling of Live Exams, in line with Government Direction. We are committed to helping students reach their musical milestones and offering all the exam candidates the option to defer their exams or to switch to a new online exam.


This is the option you selected in April. Please be assured that we have put in place plans for the safe conduct of Live Exams and it is intended that they will take place between  21st September and 5th December. We are complying fully with Government Public Health Advice so it is possible that we may need to defer the Live Exams. If the Live Exam remains your preferred option, you will receive details of date, time and location at least 2 weeks before the exam date. 

No further action is required from you at this time.



To date over 8000 students have undertaken their exams using the new RIAM online exam system. A number of teachers and students have enquired if they can now opt to switch to the Online Exam. We are delighted to let you know that we are now running Online Exams in October. This will allow students to resume lessons and prepare for the exam while avoiding travelling to a Live Exam venue.

The online system is designed to be easy to use and involves two parts.

Part 1 - Assessment of Pre-recorded Pieces (plus Scales and Arpeggios for Music)

You record your playing in the comfort of your own home. You will be asked to record:

  • Examination pieces from the syllabus you have been working on
  • Additionally for Music:
    • Scales of your own choosing (as per syllabus requirements)
    • Arpeggios of your own choosing (as per syllabus requirements) 
  • Additionally for Drama:
    • Choice of sight-reading passage 

Part 2 – Teacher recommendations 

  • Music marks- Aural, theory, and sight-reading marks (Viva voce for Senior Certificate also) 
  • Drama marks- Theory, Improvisation, Conversation, and Literary Background

Marks should be provided by your teacher, based on the work they have with you during the year. Your teacher knows you best, and we will be happy to accept their professional judgement in this very special situation.

The recordings and marks from your teacher are submitted via the online exam system. A full guide to the online exam is available here


To switch to the online exam simply click on the link below and fill in your details. The closing date for switching is 13th September 2020.

To make the process as easy as possible, we’ve created some helpful resources to guide you in recording and submitting your videos, which you can find below.

The safe conduct of Live Exams for the Winter session is intended to take place between 2nd November and 5th December. We are complying fully with Government Public Health Advice so it is possible that we may need to defer the Live Exams.

Some of the measures that we are applying to the Live Exams include:

  • Appropriate Exam venues where ventilation can be maintained and social distancing applied
  • Visors/masks worn by Examiners
  • Signage for drop off and social distancing
  • Continued cleaning between Exams
  • Expanded Exam scheduling to incorporate ventilation time and minimise close contact between fellow candidates

If in the unfortunate circumstance where Live Exams must be postponed due to Government Public Health Advice candidates will be offered a postponed date in the future, or the option to submit an Online Exam Submission. For more information regarding Online Exam Submissions please click here

The Online Booking System is open for the Winter Session and the closing date for applications is the 6th October, 2020. Please note that postal applications cannot be accepted.

To book an Exam online please click below

If you would like more information on any of your options, you can contact examsoffice@riam.ie. We are here to help you in whatever way we can.