Exams in general

Jun 12, 2017

Hey guys so this is just a random discussion to help get this group going. Please add your thoughts!!

1. How scary are the RCM exams anyway? Have you had any horror stories from your exams?
For grade 4 piano, I honestly didn't give a crap about it and got 88 even though I had to go to the bathroom REALLY BADLY throughout the whole thing. And for grade 6 I was slightly nervous on the exam date but it wasn't so bad (I got 81). And for grade 8 I was stressing a lot over it in the two weeks before the exam. I crashed once on the technique (my finger got stuck behind a black key and I played all the wrong notes for the rest of the thing), and nearly had a complete blankout (but I saved myself). I got 80%. And grade 10...well let's just say that I probably have more nightmares from that thing than all of you people's exams combined and it's a miracle I even made it into ARCT. So anyway, RCM exams are probably the most nerve wracking moments of my life.

2. Do you guys hate it when the examiner loudly types while you're playing?? Like during my grade 10 exam the examiner was typing was SO LOUD and I was trying so hard to concentrate

3. And if any of you guys have done your ARCT, then PLEASE give advice!! I heard that if you crash, you fail immediately with 0%, and I am EXTREMELY prone to accidents when under pressure. Like how much scarier is than grade 10?

4. And theory is just SO FREAKING ANNOYING. Especially history. And sorry to spoil this to those who aren't on ARCT history yet: you know how history 1 has more information on each composer/genre and history 2 has more genres/composers but less information on each? Well, ARCT history has about as many composers as history 2 but you have to know most of their lives


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