The placement exam below helps us determine your fluency with some basic concepts in music theory.
Our only goal with the exam is to use its results to place you in the best section of music theory for your current level. We do not expect you to be able to complete the exam with one hundred percent accuracy, and you should not feel discouraged if you find the exam extremely difficult or easy!
You take this exam online whenever you'd like. However, you can attempt it only three times prior to enrolling in your first music theory course. After each attempt, we will contact you with our recommendation for course enrollment.
We recommend trying the exam for the first time as soon as you can. Doing so will familiarize you with the skills that the exam evaluates, and you'll know what you need to practice if you don't do as well as you'd like. Your final attempt at the exam can occur no later than one week before the beginning of classes. For Fall 2023, that is Monday, August 21.
We do encourage you to practice the skills evaluated on this exam prior to enrolling. To help you do so, the skills outlined here have links to practice at an excellent site, musictheory.net. If you have other questions, reach out to Brian Moseley, Associate Professor of Music Theory.