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Undergraduate Music Theory Diagnostic Exam Registration

University of Louisiana at Lafayette Music Theory Diagnostic Exam

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Undergraduate Theory Diagnostic Exam is administered through the UTheory platform. After you have auditioned and been accepted to the UL School of Music and Performing Arts, use the following link to request access to the Music Theory Diagnostic Exam. The exam is online and is intended for students who are fully committed to attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Ideally, you should complete the exam prior to registering for your first semester of classes as a music major or minor. Completing the exam is required by the end of the first week of classes.

The UL Music Theory Diagnostic Exam will take approximately 90 minutes to complete and must be completed in one session. If you do not pass the exam, no worries! You can retake the exam up to 3 times. The highest score will be used for your placement. Finally, this exam is a diagnostic tool only and will help place you in a course where you can successfully move forward in your study of music theory. View more information on the undergraduate music theory curriculum.

Request the access link here (access begins May 15, 2023). You must complete the access request using your University of Louisiana at Lafayette email address. When you receive the test link, you will be prompted to create a free UTheory account. The free account will give you access to the exam and a limited amount of practice and review. You may purchase a personal subscription to UTheory for additional review options. (Note that UTheory is not maintained by or connected directly to UL Lafayette – see platform website for details.)


UL Lafayette Music Theory Diagnostic Exam Topics

· Notation & Clefs (Write and identify pitches on treble and bass clefs)

· Pitch Octave Designations (Write C4 on the staff)

· Meter & Rhythm (Rhythmic notation, fill measures, simple/compound meters, duple/triple/quadruple meters)

· Scales (Write all major and minor scales)

· Key Signatures (Write all major and minor keys, identify parallel/relative keys)

· Intervals (Write and identify chromatic/diatonic steps, write and identify all major/minor/diminished/augmented intervals, interval inversion, enharmonic intervals)

· Triads (Identify triads and triad inversions)

· Roman Numerals (Identify diatonic Roman numerals on a grand staff)

· Ear Training (Notate a four-pitch pattern, given tonic)