Live Exams

For the Spring Exam period in 2023 (March 1st – 31st) we will once again be offering live exams. You may still submit in the traditional pre-recorded video format, however. (Go here for more info on traditional Grade Exam Submissions.)

About the Live Exams

Very much like in-person exams where you might sit in a room with an adjudicator and perform, these exams will be in real time and conducted over Zoom.

The teacher will admit the performer to the Zoom room and there will be no audience or other members in the session. It is possible that there may be up to two teachers in the session. While exams can feel daunting, we hope that the friendly and supportive teachers at CGC will help you feel at ease.

We will provide you with a video replay of both your performance and the teacher’s feedback.

For the majority of exams, the result of the exam (pass or re-submit) will be given to you at the end of the live session. Should the teacher need some time to deliberate then you will be notified via email of your result. For grade 6, 7, and 8, where there are other elements to the submission, your result will be pending until the teacher has a chance to review these extra materials (improvisation/harmonic analysis/composition).

Exam times will differ depending on how much material you need to play but they will average around 30 minutes. Repertoire is to be played in full with repeats. However, you may be asked to skip ahead in some parts of your practice routines. You can start your session with either the practice routine or the repertoire.

We ask that you submit your 200-word self-assessment in the forum as per usual ahead of your scheduled exam time. Please post your self-assessment at least 24 hours in advance of your live exam to give the teacher enough time to review it.


The scheduling of exams will happen over e-mail. We will offer several sessions on a first-come-first-served basis. Please send an email to [email protected] with your preferred session and we will contact you with scheduling details. Should these sessions fill up, we are happy to schedule more.

These exams will be most effective for those who are confident with their internet connection and audio setup. 

Scheduled Exam Times (all NYC times)

Saturday, March 4th: 3:30 – 5:30pm
Sunday, March 5th: 10am – 12pm
Monday, March 6th: 8 – 10pm
Wednesday, March 8th: 9 – 11am
Friday, March 10th: 12 – 2pm
Saturday, March 11th: 3:30 – 5:30pm
Wednesday, March 15th: 8-10pm
Friday, March 17th: 12 – 2pm
Thursday, March 23rd: 9 – 11am FULL
Friday, March 24th: 11am – 1pm FULL
Sunday, March 26th: 10am – 12pm FULL
Thursday, March 30th: 5 – 7pm [4 slots left!]
Friday, March 31st: 4 – 6pm [2 slots left!]

Exam Zoom Link :

Please choose one of the listed sessions and email with your name, exam grade, and session time. We will do our best to accommodate everyone but it is quite possible that these will fill up quickly. Additional sessions will be added as needed.