What ABRSM/Trinity Music Theory Grade are You?

This is a quiz designed to work out what grade you are at in music theory, based on the ABRSM’s and Trinity’s syllabuses.

  • There are 8 grades (followed by diplomas from Trinity but not ABRSM).
  • Grade 1 is elementary level and starts with basic notation, major keys with 1 sharp/flat in the key signature, three different time signatures, and the treble and bass clefs.
  • Each subsequent grade is slightly more complex with added keys, foreign terms, time signatures, musical symbols, chords and intervals.
  • Grade 5 is the required level for anyone who wants to take an ABRSM practical exam at grade 6 or higher (some alternative exams are allowed – see the ABRSM website for details). Grade 5 Trinity is also accepted by the ABRSM as a pre-requisite.
  • Grades 6-8 take an in depth look at harmony, figured bass (ABRSM only) and compositional techniques. A pass or higher at these grades gives you credit in the form of UCAS points. Grade 8 is roughly the same level as an undergraduate first year music degree.

This quiz can only give a very general indication of your level – I can’t test your skills at figured bass or composition in this quiz! (Please seek advice from your teacher or email me at info@mymusictheory.com for advice about taking an music theory exam.)

Instructions: Click on “Submit” to submit your answers, “Next” to skip a question and “Finish” to give up completely. Leave answers blank instead of guessing, for a more accurate result!

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Which statement is not true regarding this music?

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What is the correct figure for this chord?
chord

3 / 24

Who is the most likely composer of this music?

music

4 / 24

Which note would need an accidental in the key of F major?

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Which of the following bars is grouped correctly? 

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What type of chord is this?
chord

7 / 24

Transpose this key signature down a minor 3rd.

key sig

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What type of cadence is this?
cadence

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Which statement is normally associated with using a dominant pedal point?

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Which figure would be most appropriate for the shaded chord?

chord

11 / 24

Look at these notes then choose the correct sentence.

 

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What is the name of this note?note

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What is the name of this note?

note name

14 / 24

What does triste mean?

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Which of the below notes is a perfect 5th higher than this note?
note

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What key is this the tonic triad of?

triad

17 / 24

Which of these is a ii7b chord in B flat major?

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What type of interval is this?

treblenotenote

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Which two notes are missing from this scale of D minor harmonic?
scale

20 / 24

The key is B minor. What is this chord?

chord

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Which note in a first inversion dominant chord should not normally be doubled?

22 / 24

Complete the sentence by typing a number.
This time signature means there are _______ minim (half note) beats per bar.
time signature

error

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Which of the below notes is the correct enharmonic equivalent of this note?
note

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What is the key of this melody?
key

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