Online Exam FAQs

While orchestral instrumental players and singers are usually required to have an accompanist on the day of their exam, given the circumstances, we will accept the following options for online video exam submissions: 

·      an unaccompanied exam

·      a piano accompanist

·     a backing track

·      a mix of all

These are extraordinary circumstances and we understand the impact of current restrictions. Please do not be concerned if you do not have an accompanist or backing track. Our experienced examiners are aware of the challenging environment and will focus only on your performance. 

Yes, if there is a small number of resting bars, please play these rests as written. For rests during long accompanied passages, please count one or two full bars rest and then continue.

Yes. Given the extraordinary circumstances, we understand that you may have to use recorded tracks to rehearse and perform. Just please ensure that the volume of of any tracks you are playing along to are balanced with your own volume, so that the examiner can still hear your performance clearly.

No, you gain absolutely no advantage if you have an accompaniment, and Examiners will be made aware of this. These are extraordinary circumstances and are extremely conscious of the limitations that candidates now face. The exam panel will be well-briefed of these new circumstances and will take them into consideration.

No, in this instance the Examiners will be happy to assess based upon their knowledge of the repertoire for RIAM Exams

No, we have created a flexible option for those experiencing issues with their devices. You can submit in one full take, or separate videos per section of the exam.

Please dress appropriately, as you would if you were visiting an Exam centre in person.

If you are sitting a Grade Exam, unfortunately no. You will be asked for your teachers marks when uploading your video.

Digital pianos can be used, but keyboard performances are not permitted. We would ask candidates that do not have access to a suitable instrument at home to please defer their exam until the Autumn session.

Yes. Some exams towards the end of the Spring 2020 session were also cancelled due to COVID-19. These exam candidates are eligible for the same alternative options as Summer 2020 candidates i.e. deferral to the Autumn session or online video exam submission

Candidates who were due to take their exam in the Spring 2020 session using 2019 syllabus pieces (as per our normal grace period) will be permitted to perform these pieces, whether in a live exam deferred to Autumn 2020, or in an online video exam submission this June.

However, any candidates who were due to sit their exam in the Summer 2020 session must play from the 2020 syllabus.

Online exam submission must be a video file with each exam section in one continuous take. Submissions containing only audio files will not be accepted. Scales and arpeggios should be completed in one video, separate videos for other pieces, unedited.

All Music Theory Exams have been rescheduled to the 19th September, and a member of the RIAM Exams team will be in touch with you closer to the time.

Teachers should recommend marks based upon the students understanding of Theory, overall Communication Skills, Knowledge of chosen pieces, and Literary Background.

Marks should be recommended out of the following:

  • Early Learning:     A maximum of 50 marks
  • Kindergarten - Senior Certificate:      A maximum of 20 marks

Speech & Drama candidates should include the following sections in their video submission(s):

  • Drama
  • Poetry
  • Prose
  • Mime
  • Improvisation
  • Sight Reading

For on-line submissions, an appropriate sight reading passage should be found under the guidance of the student’s teacher and should relate to specific grade requests in the syllabus.

As a rough guideline, sight reading should be about  1.5 to 2mins duration for most grades when recorded and just a little longer for more senior grades.

In these cases, for the purpose of on-line submission, the title should be given to the student by the teacher.