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!


What Grade am I?

Take a short test to find out what Music Theory Grade you are.

Try not to guess - if you are not sure of an answer, just skip to the next question.

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What is the name of this note?note

2 / 24

What is the interval made between the circled notes?


3 / 24

Transpose this key signature up a major 2nd.

key sig

4 / 24

Which two notes are missing from this scale of E minor melodic?

5 / 24

What is the chord sounding on the 4th beat of bar 1?


6 / 24

What type of cadence is this?

7 / 24

What is the key of this melody?

8 / 24

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

9 / 24

Who is the most likely composer of this music?


10 / 24

What type of SATB error can be found in this bar?


11 / 24

What key is this the tonic triad of?


12 / 24

Which figure would be most appropriate for the shaded chord?


13 / 24

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

14 / 24

What does sostenuto mean?

15 / 24

What type of interval is this?


16 / 24

Which of these chord progression is not a typical cadence used in the Classical era?

17 / 24

Which of the following bars is grouped correctly? 

18 / 24

What is the name of this note?

note name

19 / 24

Look at this excerpt from a Bach chorale. What key does it start in, and what key does it modulate to?


20 / 24

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


21 / 24

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

22 / 24

What type of chord is this?

23 / 24

Which of these is a correctly written 5/3 chord?

24 / 24

Look at these notes then choose the correct sentence.


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