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Information for RIAM Theory Exam Candidates

ONLINE THEORY EXAMS - Music, Speech & Drama

We have developed an Online Theory Exam platform which candidates can experience in a safe and supported manner from home. Candidates will be able to complete their Theory Exam through an online platform using a computer or tablet.

THEORY EXAM DATE - 14th November 2020 (open from 12pm - 6pm)

The link for the Online Exams site will be live from 12 pm (midday), and open until 6 pm-, you will be able to login any time and complete the exam up until 6pm.

Technical Information

To help you access the system you can find short guides that will assist you in operating your device. 

  • Please be aware that you must use Chrome or Safari on your device in order for the system to run effectively.
  • You will be sent login details to access the system the week commencing the 9th of November.
  • The login will give you access to your advance practice session, and your exam.

Information for Speech & Drama Theory

  • The paper will be provided completely online, you do not require a Theory Resource Paper
  • The format and question type of the exam will remain as before, but answers must be typed onto the online system
  • You are recommended to have a pencil/pen and paper, read the questions on the screen online, and prepare your answers on paper
  • You will be permitted to login in advance to test the system, and we will contact you with details during the week commencing the 9th of November
  • Younger candidates should have the help of a parent/guardian in helping them navigate the system and assist in the uploading of answers
  • Candidates aged 16 and under should have an adult present when completing the exam
  • We provide accessible options for special needs candidates, please contact examsoffice@riam.ie if you require further information on this

Information for Music Theory

You will need access to;

  • A smartphone, tablet, or PC that has good internet access and can take pictures (camera/webcam). We recommend you use a tablet or computer to access the system
  • Paper and pencils
  • A Theory Resource Paper from RIAM (that can be downloaded, or delivered in advance)
  • The Exam can be completed by answering a combination of onscreen and written questions (which will be captured in a picture and uploaded)
  • Questions that can be answered on the screen (by typing letters/numbers)
  • Questions that will require writing musical notation on the resource paper, prompted by a question on the screen. A picture/scan of the Theory Resource Paper can be uploaded onto the system
  • There is no specialised music notation software required for the exam, or additional specialised hardware
  • Younger candidates should have the help of a parent/guardian in helping them navigate the system and assist in the uploading of answers
  • Candidates aged 16 and under should have an adult present when completing the exam
  • We provide accessible options for special needs candidates, please contact examsoffice@riam.ie if you require further information on this
  • You will be permitted to login in advance to test the system, and we will contact you with details during the week commencing the 9th of November.
  • You will need to download and print a Theory Resource Paper in advance of the Exam, which you can find below

Theory Resource Papers

In order to complete the Online Theory Exam candidates will need a hard copy of the Theory Resource Paper, which will correspond to the online system questions. You must click on the link below for the paper you require, and download the paper by clicking Save (cmd + S, or Cntrl + S). Please print off the paper and have it ready on the day of the exam.