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Test your skills and knowledge of Grade Five Music Theory with this free online practice test!

 

The questions are based on the ABRSM syllabus and cover:

  • names of notes and rests
  • all regular, irregular, simple and compound time signatures and grouping within these time signatures
  • keys, scales and tonic triads in keys with up to six sharps/flats
  • chromatic scales
  • intervals by number and quality, including compound intervals
  • degrees of the scale and technical names
  • tonic, dominant and subdominant triads and their inversions
  • cadences
  • score-based questions
  • Italian musical terms and frequently used symbols
  • treble, bass alto and tenor clefs
  • transposition between clefs and for transposing instruments

The pass mark is 50/75. A score of 60+ will earn you a “merit” and 65+ a “distinction”.

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Grade 5 Music Theory Test

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Select the correct time signature for this bar:

time sig

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Select the correct time signature for this bar:

time sig

3 / 70

Select the correct time signature for this bar:

time sig

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Which of the three bars below is the correct rewriting of this bar?

rewriting

5 / 70

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

error

6 / 70

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

error

7 / 70

Which of the following bars is grouped correctly? 

8 / 70

True or false? The box shows correctly written rest(s). rests

9 / 70

True or false? The box shows correctly written rest(s).
rests

10 / 70

True or false? The box shows correctly written rest(s).
rests

11 / 70

What is the name of this note?note

12 / 70

What is the name of this note?note

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

14 / 70

Transpose this key signature up a minor 3rd.

key sig

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Transpose this note up a perfect 5th.

note

16 / 70

Transpose this note down a perfect 5th.

note

17 / 70

Transpose this note down a minor 3rd.

note

18 / 70

Transpose this note down a minor 3rd.

note

19 / 70

Look at these notes then choose the correct sentence.

 

20 / 70

Look at these notes then choose the correct sentence.

 

21 / 70

Look at these notes then choose the correct sentence.

 

22 / 70

Which of these shows the correctly written key signature of E flat major?

23 / 70

Which of these shows the correctly written key signature of F sharp minor?

24 / 70

What is the key of this melody? key

25 / 70

What is the key of this melody? key

26 / 70

What is the key of this melody?
key

27 / 70

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

28 / 70

Select the clef which will make this into a minor scale.
scale

29 / 70

Select the clef which will make this into a minor scale.
scale

30 / 70

Select the clef which will make this into a major scale.
scale

31 / 70

True or false: this is a correctly written chromatic scale?
chromatic

32 / 70

True or false: this is a correctly written chromatic scale?
chromatic

33 / 70

This is the mediant note in D sharp minor – true or false?
note

34 / 70

This is the mediant note  in C minor – true or false?
note

35 / 70

This is the subdominant note in C sharp minor – true or false?
note

36 / 70

What is this interval?

treblenotenote

37 / 70

What is this interval?

bassnotenote

38 / 70

What is this interval?

bassnotenote

39 / 70

What type of interval is this?

treblenotenote

40 / 70

What type of interval is this?

treblenotenote

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What type of interval is this?

note

42 / 70

Which of the below notes is a compound augmented 6th higher than this note?
note

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Which of the below notes is a compound diminished 3rd higher than this note?
note

44 / 70

Which of the below notes is a diminished 7th higher than this note?
note

45 / 70

Which of the below notes is an augmented 5th higher than this note?
note

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Which of these are three suitable chords to use at the places marked A, B and C, to form a cadence?cadence

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Which of these are three suitable chords to use at the places marked A, B and C, to form a cadence?cadence

48 / 70

What type of cadence is this?
cadence

49 / 70

What type of cadence is this?
cadence

50 / 70

Name the chord marked in the box. The key is D major.

chord

51 / 70

Name the chord marked in the box. The key is C major.

chord

52 / 70

Name the chord marked in the box. The key is C major.

chord

53 / 70

What does ad libitum mean?

54 / 70

What does subito mean?

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What does retenu mean?

56 / 70

What type of written-out ornament is this?

ornament

57 / 70

What type of written-out ornament is this?

ornament

58 / 70

The timpani produce sounds of a definite pitch:

59 / 70

The baritone voice is lower than the mezzo-soprano voice:

60 / 70

The oboe is a woodwind instrument:

61 / 70

The cello can play “arco”:

62 / 70

The violin is the highest member of the string family:

63 / 70

Look at the following extract which has been adapted from a piece for cello and piano by A. Longo, and answer the question.

What does “Andante” mean?

64 / 70

Look at the following extract which has been adapted from a piece for cello and piano by A. Longo, and answer the question.

The key is G minor. Which key shares the same key signature?

65 / 70

Look at the following extract which has been adapted from a piece for cello and piano by A. Longo, and answer the question.

The cello belongs to the string family. What is the name of the lowest sounding standard orchestral instrument in this family?

66 / 70

Look at the following extract which has been adapted from a piece for cello and piano by A. Longo, and answer the question.

Give the technical name of the note marked D in bar 2. The key is G minor.

 

67 / 70

Look at the following extract which has been adapted from a piece for cello and piano by A. Longo, and answer the question.

Give the name of the melodic interval marked C.

68 / 70

Look at the following extract which has been adapted from a piece for cello and piano by A. Longo, and answer the question.

Give the name of the melodic interval marked B.

69 / 70

Look at the following extract which has been adapted from a piece for cello and piano by A. Longo, and answer the question.

Give the letter name of the highest sounding note in the cello part.

70 / 70

Look at the following extract which has been adapted from a piece for cello and piano by A. Longo, and answer the question.

Explain the symbol below the chord marked A in bar 4 of the left-hand piano part.