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Practical exams and Theory exams

Practical exams

1. Extra time

Candidates with special needs, disabilities and health conditions may request extra time to complete their exam; the amount of extra time available to candidates who qualify is shown in the table below. Where extra time is granted, up to 50% of the extra time allocated may be used to study sight reading (or other unseen tests*).

Level Extra time

3 minutes, of which up to 1.5 minutes available as preparation time for unseen tests*


4 minutes, of which up to 2 minutes available as preparation time for unseen tests*


5 minutes, of which up to 2.5 minutes available as preparation time for unseen tests

* Classical exams: sight reading, improvisation
   Rock & pop exams: playback, improvising

2. Enlarged Print tests (available for sight reading, aural, improvisation and playback tests)

The test will be enlarged to approximately double the standard size. Candidates may send in a sample of their preferred size if they have specific requirements.

3. Modified Stave Notation (available for sight reading, aural, improvisation and playback tests)

The standard test will be enlarged and provided in Modified Stave Notation.

4. Modified/enlarged test on coloured paper

Any of the modified and/or enlarged tests offered above can be offered on a coloured paper of the candidate’s choice.

5. Braille sight reading/playback/improvisation test 

Braille tests are to be prepared before the examination. Candidates are given an allocated time within which to prepare the test as listed in the table below, and must not be given any assistance during this time. They will then be invited to play/sing it to the examiner as the first item of the exam.

Level Extra time (to be given before the start of the exam)
Initial-Grade 2 5 minutes
Grades 3-4 10 minutes
Grades 5-6 15 minutes
Grades 7-8 20 minutes


6. Examiner briefed on condition

Sometimes it is useful for the examiner to be briefed about a candidate’s condition so that they can be sensitive in the way they deliver the exam, even if no specific adjustments are needed. However, please be aware that assessment standards remain the same for all candidates.

7. Typed up report form

After the exam, candidates with dyslexia, or who use screen reader software, may request a typed up copy of their report form. To request this, please email music-csn@trinitycollege.com with a scan of the report form


Theory exams

Music Theory exam papers are available in the modified formats listed above (enlarged, Modified Stave Notation, coloured paper, braille).

Extra time (usually 25%) may be granted to candidates who require it, and we will also consider other adaptations that candidates may need to access written papers.

Please contact music-csn@trinitycollege.com if you wish to discuss your requirements.


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