Digital Theory FAQs

Frequently asked question about Digital Music Theory

You are required to remain at your computer throughout the exam and your full face should be visible to camera. If you leave the computer, we will not be able to accept answers provided by you after the point of leaving the computer.

Yes, the Digital Music Theory exams are regulated in exactly the same way as the paper-based exams.

No, the exam is available on demand and can be taken at any point. The exam must be taken within 28 days of booking the exam.

Yes, the Digital Music Theory exams are available from Grades 1-8 with immediate effect.

The Digital Music Theory exams use a customised version of You can visit to try out the notation software. You can also interact with it via the examples on our webpages, and in the practice test area (the practice exam area will be available once you have purchased an exam).

You will receive a fully regulated digital certificate if you pass your exam. This will be delivered to the candidate's email address. Visit the digital certificates pages of our website to find out more.

The paper exams continue to run as they always have. There are no changes to the paper-based exam.

The questions for both versions of the exams are the same. Some adaptations are made in the Digital Music Theory exams to allow for the fact the candidate is answering on screen and using a notation tool. Both versions of the exams have the same emphases on musical knowledge, literacy, harmony, theory and composition.

The Theory of Music workbooks and practice papers can be used to prepare for both paper-based and Digital Music Theory exams. Find out more about our workbooks and practice papers.

A full explanation of how the system works can be found on the Proctoring of Digital Music Theory exams page.

No, the digital requirements have been added to the exisiting Theory of Music syllabus as it is the same qualification.

The exams are marked by a member of Trinity’s Music Theory marker panel.

Once your exam has been marked, your total score will be displayed in the applicant’s dashboard. A digital certificate will follow shortly afterwards.

The recording of your exam taken by the proctoring system is stored securely on their servers and accessed only by Trinity personnel for the purposes of investigating any possible malpractice. It is deleted after 30 days.

No. You may not use any extra resources or materials, such as physical books, phones, tablets or refer to webpages or other content on your computer. You may not have help from another person, or wear headphones during the exam. However, you may bring a piece of manuscript paper and pencil for rough working.

Yes – please see our Music Special Needs pages. This can include extra time, or the presence of a scribe/amanuensis/additional supporting adult. When booking the form, please tick the box indicating that you need to make an SEN request. You will then receive a special needs provision form for digital theory exams in your booking email, which you should complete and send together with supporting evidence (where required) to the specified email address in advance of taking the exam.

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