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Online Theory Exams

The next round of RIAM Theory Exams for Music and Drama will be held online on Saturday 14 May 2022, from 12pm to 6pm.

Grade 6, 7, 8 and Senior Certificate Music Theory

Exam papers must be downloaded in advance and completed between 12pm - 6pm on Saturday 14 May 2022. Once your paper has been completed you must scan the document and upload before 6pm on the same day.

Please see below for the papers you require, and the link for uploading your completed paper on Exam day.

Theory Paper Upload Link

Preparatory Grade to Grade 5 Music, and Senior Cert Drama Theory

Access the RIAM Live Lab system for Online Theory by clicking here. All questions can be answered on screen, no music notation is required, and questions will be short answer (typing letters/numbers) or multiple choice. You can complete the Exam any time between 12pm and 6pm on the day.

Technical Information

Preparatory Grade to Grade V Music, and Senior Cert Drama Theory

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.
  • 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
  • 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. We recommend you use a tablet or computer to access the system
  • Paper and pencils (Grade 6 to Senior Certificate only)

Preparatory Grade to Grade V Music, and Senior Cert Drama Theory

  • Questions that can be answered on the screen (by typing letters/numbers)

Grade 6, 7, 8 and Senior Certificate Music Theory

  • Questions that can be answered on a paper, downloaded in advance, and uploaded after completion
  • 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 can login in advance and trial a test paper, as many times as you wish
  • Exam papers must be printed off and completed
  • Candidates should complete the exam on the day, within the given duration
  • Completed exam papers should be scanned and uploaded for correction
  • Please ensure you check your answers, and that your writing is clear enough for scanning