Checkpoints are tests that occur throughout the lessons. Unlike lesson exercises and skills practice, students only have one attempt per question and do not see their answers or receive feedback until the end of the test. Checkpoints appear in the list of lessons under Choose Lessons and can be assigned as required, optional or hidden.

There are 5 checkpoints in the Pitch and Harmony lessons. Checkpoints include all information from previous lessons up to the checkpoint. Here are the checkpoints, and when they occur:

  1. Piano, clefs, and accidentals (following Bass Clef Ledger Lines lesson)
  2. Major scales and keys (following Flat Major Keys lesson)
  3. Minor scales and keys (following Minor Key Signatures lesson)
  4. Intervals (following Inversion and Enharmonic & Compound Intervals lesson)
  5. Triads (following Triad Spacing & Inversion lesson)

If you want to be sure students don’t move on until they’ve mastered a topic, you can check the “passing the previous checkpoint” option and set a required passing score in the class settings. Students will not be able to advance until they’ve reached that passing score or they’ve run out of available attempts. We realize this presents a challenge for students who receive individualized instruction with accommodations; read here to learn how to set individual student accommodations for speed and accuracy within uTheory.

Each checkpoint test in uTheory is written to be delivered with different questions each time it is taken, resulting in thousands of possible permutations. Because of this, we generally recommend you allow students the option of repeating checkpoint tests. If you prefer students complete tests in a testing center, you can configure checkpoint tests to require a password.