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Practice questions and assigments

How is the time limit for practice tests calculated?

The time limit is based on the difficulty of the questions selected, and is calculated to provide a good challenge compared to the time you will have available in the Grade 5 Theory exam: if you can comfortable beat the Clements Theory timer, you should find in the real exam that you have plenty of time.

Who prepares the practice questions?

The practice questions are devised by our team of experienced Music Theory teachers, who have a collective experience in music theory of over 100 years. If you would like to ask about a specific question, please be sure to note down the "ID" number which is displayed in the bottom-right corner of the question area, and contact us for assistance.

The questions are managed and edited by the composer Tim Benjamin, who holds a doctorate in music (DPhil) from Oxford University, a first class degree from the Royal Northern College of Music, and of course Grade 5 Theory (along with Grade 8 in Theory, Piano, and Trombone - and top marks in A Level and GCSE Music!)

Why is the topic 'Composition' not available in the practice questions?

Due to the creative and free-form nature of the exam questions in this topic we are unable to provide questions in a similar structure to the other topics. We plan to offer a composition assistance service in the near future - please keep an eye out, and contact us if you would like to be notified when the service becomes available.

Q & A: How do I ask a question?

Go to the Q & A section of the site. Fill in the form on the right of the page by selecting the topic to which your question relates and typing your question into the 'Ask a question' field. There is a 200 character word limit so try to be as concise as possible. If your question needs further explanation please enter this into the box below. Once you are happy with your question click the 'Ask' button and your question will appear on the main Q & A page.

Q & A: How do I answer a question?

You can either click on the text of the question you would like to answer or on the link 'Add yours'. You will be taken to a page listing all previous answers (if there are any) and a box on the right where you should type your answer. When ready, click the 'Answer' button. Your answer has now been added. Thank you.

Q & A: Who will answer my question?

Questions will be answered by other Clements Theory users, who just like you are studying to pass the Grade 5 Theory exam. Teachers who are using Clements Theory as a guide for their students will also be able to answer your questions along with us, the Clements Theory team.

For assistance, please select a support topic from the list above. If you can't find what you're looking for, please feel free to contact us and we'll do our best to help you as quickly as possible.