The Ultimate RCM Violin Exam Mark Guide

Introduction

If you are a violin student planning to do your RCM practical exams and want to know precisely what you will be graded on – this is the page for you! This guide will tell you exactly what each section of the exam is worth to help you decide how to allocate your prep time for optimal results! We created our “Ultimate RCM Violin Exam Mark Guide” with you – the student – in mind!

Note: information contained in this guide is current as of July 2020 and is based on the latest (2013) edition of “The Royal Conservatory Violin Syllabus”.
RCM Violin Exam Mark Guide for Preparatory Violin

Preparatory Violin

Repertoire: students are required to perform a total of 2 pieces and can earn 3 extra marks per piece if they have them memorized. This section is worth 60 marks.

Technical Requirements:  consists of 1 etude and technical tests. A maximum of 30 marks are given for this section.

Ear Tests: include “Clapback” and “Playback” components worth a total of 1marks.

The exam is out of 100, with 60 being the passing grade.

RCM Violin Exam Mark Guide for Preparatory Violin Levels 1-10

Level 1 Violin

rcm level 1 violin mark guide

Repertoire: students are required to perform a total of 2 pieces and can earn 3 extra marks per piece if they have them memorized. This section is worth 60 marks.

Technical Requirements:  includes 2 etudes and technical tests. Note that no memory marks are given for the etudes, which means students can have their sheet music in front of them while playing if they wish. A maximum of 30 marks are given for this section.

Ear Tests: include “Clapback” and “Playback”, worth 5 marks each, for a combined total of 1marks.

The exam is out of 100, with 60 being the passing grade.

Level 2 Violin

rcm level 2 violin mark guide

Repertoire: students are required to perform a total of 2 pieces and can earn 3 extra marks per piece if they have it memorized. This section is worth 60 marks.

Technical Requirements:  includes 2 etudes and technical tests. Note that no memory marks are given for the etudes, which means students can have their sheet music in front of them while playing if they wish. A maximum of 30 marks are given for this section.

Ear Tests: “Intervals” are now added to “Clapback” and “Playback” sections, for a combined total of 10 marks.

The exam is out of 100, with 60 being the passing grade.

Level 3 Violin

rcm level 2 violin mark guide

Repertoire: students are required to perform a total of 3 pieces and can earn 2 extra marks per piece if they have them memorized. This section is worth 60 marks.

Technical Requirements:  includes 2 etudes and technical tests. Note that no memory marks are given for the etudes, which means students can have their sheet music in front of them while playing if they wish. A maximum of 20 marks are given for this section.

Ear Tests and Sight Reading: the “Sight Reading” component is introduced to the exam at this level.
These two sections add up to a total of 20 marks.

The exam is out of 100, with 60 being the passing grade.

Level 4 Violin

rcm level 4 violin mark guide


Repertoire
: students are required to perform a total of 3 pieces and can earn 2 extra marks per piece if they have them memorized. This section is worth 60 marks.

Technical Requirements:  includes 2 etudes and technical tests. Note that no memory marks are given for the etudes, which means students can have their sheet music in front of them while playing if they wish. A maximum of 20 marks are given for this section.

Ear Tests and Sight Reading: are worth 10 marks each, for a combined total of 20.

The exam is out of 100, with 60 being the passing grade.

Level 5 Violin

rcm level 5 violin mark guide

Repertoire: students are required to perform a total of 3 pieces and can earn 3 extra marks for List A and C pieces if they have them memorized. This section is worth 60 marks.

Technical Requirements:  includes 2 etudes and technical tests. Note that no memory marks are given for the etudes, which means students can have their sheet music in front of them while playing if they wish. A maximum of 20 marks are given for this section.

Ear Tests and Sight Reading: are worth 10 marks each, for a combined total of 20.

The exam is out of 100, with 60 being the passing grade.

Starting at level 5, students must also write a co-requisite theory exam if they wish to earn a Comprehensive Certificate for their particular level. For level 5, the co-requisite theory exam is “Level 5 Theory”.

Level 6 Violin

Repertoire: students are required to perform a total of 3 pieces and can earn 3 extra marks for List A and C  pieces if they have them memorized. This section is worth 60 marks.

Technical Requirements:  includes 2 etudes and technical tests. Note that no memory marks are given for the etudes, which means students can have their sheet music in front of them while playing if they wish. A maximum of 20 marks are given for this section.

Ear Tests and Sight Reading: a “Chords” component is introduced to the Ear Tests starting at this level. A total of 20 marks can be earned for these two sections.

The exam is out of 100, with 60 being the passing grade.

Students must also write a co-requisite theory exam (“Level 6 Theory”) if they wish to earn a Comprehensive Certificate for this level.

Level 7 Violin

Repertoire: students are required to perform a total of 3 pieces. 1.5 marks are deducted from List A and C pieces if they are not memorized. This section is worth 50 marks.

Orchestral Excerpts: this new section is introduced to the exam starting at this level and is worth 10 marks.

Technical Requirements:  includes 1 etude and technical tests. Note that no memory marks are given for the etude, which means students can have their sheet music in front of them while playing if they wish. A maximum of 20 marks are given for this section.

Ear Tests and Sight Reading: are worth 10 marks each, for a combined total of 20.

The exam is out of 100, with 60 being the passing grade.

Students must also write the co-requisite “Level 7 Theory” exam if they wish to earn a Comprehensive Certificate for this level.

Level 8 Violin

Repertoire: students are required to perform a total of 4 pieces for Level 8 Repertoire. A number of marks (see parentheses) will be deducted for not having memorized the indicated pieces.  This section is worth 50 marks.

Orchestral Excerpts: 2 excerpts are now required for this section, for a total of 10 marks.

Technical Requirements:  includes 1 etude and technical tests. Note that no memory marks are given for the etude, which means students can have their sheet music in front of them while playing if they wish. A maximum of 20 marks are given for this section.

Ear Tests and Sight Reading: the “Clapback” component is replaced with “Cadences” starting at this level. A combined total of 20 marks can be earned here.

The exam is out of 100, with 60 being the passing grade.

Students must also write the co-requisite “Level 8 Theory” and “Introductory Harmony” exams if they wish to earn a Comprehensive Certificate for this level.

Level 9 Violin

Repertoire: students are required to perform a total of 4 pieces for Level 9 Repertoire. A number of marks (see parentheses) will be deducted for not having memorized the indicated pieces. A maximum of 50 marks can be earned for this section.

Orchestral Excerpts: 2 excerpts must be performed, for a total of 10 marks.

Technical Requirements:  includes 1 etude and technical tests. Note that no memory marks are given for the etude, which means students can have their sheet music in front of them while playing if they wish. A maximum of 20 marks are given for this section.

Ear Tests and Sight Reading: are worth 10 marks each, for a combined total of 20.

The exam is out of 100, with 60 being the passing grade.

Students must also write the co-requisite “Level 8 Theory”, “Level 9 History”, and “Level 9 Harmony” (or “Keyboard Harmony”) exams if they wish to earn a Comprehensive Certificate for this level.

Level 10 Violin

Repertoire: students are required to perform a total of 4 pieces for Level 10 Repertoire. A number of marks (see parentheses) will be deducted for not having memorized the indicated pieces. A maximum of 50 marks can be earned for this section.

Orchestral Excerpts: 2 excerpts must be performed, for a total of 10 marks.

Technical Requirements:  includes 1 etude and technical tests. Note that no memory marks are given for the etude, which means students can have their sheet music in front of them while playing if they wish. A maximum of 20 marks are given for this section.

Ear Tests and Sight Reading: are worth 10 marks each, for a combined total of 20.

The 
exam is out of 100, with 60 being the passing grade.

Students must also write the co-requisite “Level 8 Theory”, “Level 9 History”, “Level 9 Harmony” (or “Keyboard Harmony”), “Level 10 History”, and “Level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint” (or “Keyboard Harmony”) exams if they wish to earn a Comprehensive Certificate for this level..

Students who plan to pursue an ARCT (Associate of the Royal Conservatory) Diploma after Level 10 must receive either an overall mark of 75 or a minimum of 70% in each section of this exam. The numbers in bold parentheses indicate the minimum number of marks required to receive 70% for each section.

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