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What is the Music Aptitude Test? The test is used by state secondary schools in the UK to select a percentage of their intake on a music scholarship programme. The standard test covers Pitch, Texture, Rhythm and Melody and is designed to test a young person’s natural music aptitude. The MAT is used in Stage 1 of the test. June 2017 Update: Our test now includes supplementary questions and graphic scores to cover the 7-section Music Aptitude Test in the style of the test used for Ashmole Academy. 

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The sample training tests contain 60 questions in each test (total 180 questions). The enhanced test includes 1 sample test of 60 questions covering the 7-section MAT with graphic scores.

You can purchase these online for instant download.

You will receive a Zipped folder containing:

Specimen training tests
Blank question sheet – multiple choice
Answer sheet

The files are Mac or PC compatible. Use your computer or laptop to download and unzip the files. You can then transfer these to an iPad or iPhone using iTunes (also see video below if you do not have iTunes). Do not use Outlook to download the link, please use a browser such as Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

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36 thoughts on “Buy The Tests

  1. Hello, you only mentioned downloads onto ipad and iphone. Are the files not Android compatible? Please advise soonest since iIwould like to purchase today. Many Thanks

    1. The audio files are compatible with Android as long as you are familiar with adding files to your audio player on your phone. However you will need a desktop computer to unzip the files unless you are confident you are able to do this on an Android phone. The file contains two PDF documents to print plus four .mp3 files.

      1. Ahhh I see what you mean. No you can’t use an iPhone to unzip the folder that contains the MP3 files. Do you have any sort of computer or laptop in the house or at work?

    1. Dear Charlie, it will depend on which school as some use the MAT tests at Round Two as well so have a read of the criteria and see if it would be useful for the next stage. Your teacher will be able to advise if you are not sure. Best of luck with Round Two!

      1. it depends on the school. My daughter just sat round 2. According to her, our school’s test was very much like aural test for grade (ABRSM).

  2. Hi
    Can you please send me anything or access your website to see how useful this site is. My kid will be appearing in the music aptitude test for ashmole academy this year. Can you please guide me regarding this.

    Thanks

    1. Here is the list of the questions covered in our sample training tests:

      Pitch

      Higher or Lower?
      This part of the test asks you to listen to two sounds. You have to decide if the second note is higher or lower than the first or the same. Ask yourself if the second note is rising (higher) or falling (lower) or staying the same.

      Melody
      If a student is able to sing back a short melody or play it back on their instrument, this will stand them in good stead for the Melody questions. You can help your child at home by playing their favourite songs and asking them to sing back different sections of the songs to you, just using one syllable such as “la” instead of the words.

      The Melody questions will play you one extract of 5 notes in length. The second version may or may not be different and you will be tested on whether you can hear the difference in a melody line by selecting the number of the note that is different.

      Texture
      The Aptitude Tests play a chord and ask you to identify how many notes you can hear. A chord is two or more notes. In the tests, they will ask you to differentiate between 2, 3 or 4 notes being played at once. The more notes are in the chord, the more dense the sound appears. Here is one of our students trying out Section 3 of the Music Aptitude Test which is available from our MAT Training Web site.

      Rhythm
      Sense of rhythm can be developed by plenty of clapping exercises. You can help your child at home with this by playing their favourite songs to them, then asking them to clap back short sections of the song to you. Once they have mastered familiar songs, then present unknown songs to them to see how they cope with unfamiliar rhythms.

    2. We have now updated our tests to cover the 7-section MAT as used by Ashmole Academy.

      Pitch – Candidates will listen to two sounds and have to identify whether the second sound is higher, lower or the same as the first sound. There are 10 questions in this section.

      Shape – Candidates will listen to a melody and identify the shape of the music by picking from a choice of graphic scores. There are 10 questions in this section.

      Volume – Candidates will listen to a piece of music and identify the contrast in volume by picking from a choice of graphic scores. There are 10 questions in this section.

      Lengths of sound – Candidates will identify the correct duration of notes in a piece of music from a selection of graphic scores. There are 10 questions in this section.

      Texture – Candidates will listen to a piece of music and identify how many different instruments are playing. There are 10 questions in this section.

      Speed of the Music – Candidates will identify the tempo of a piece of music and whether there are any changes. There are 5 questions in this section.

      Mood and Emotion – Candidates will identify the mood of a piece of music and justify their answer. There are 5 questions in this section.

      These training materials are available to purchase online. Best of luck for the Ashmole Academy test on Saturday 10th June 2017. Do let us know how you get on.
      http://musicaptitudetest.co.uk/

  3. Hi – do you have prep tests that cover Cardinal Vaughn. And what would you advise for private schools? Many thanks and congratulations on an informative website.

  4. Hi Lorraine, please could you help me with a query I have about the rhythm part of the SW Herts Consortium MAT test. If the rhythm is different, should the candidate state which beat is different or which note? Many thanks. Nicky

  5. Hi Lorraine, thanks. Here it is:
    THE MUSIC TEST

    The only equipment required will be a pencil and an eraser. The test will consist of 60 questions of four types: Pitch, Melody, Rhythm and Texture.

    Pitch: For these questions candidates listen to two sounds and have to indicate whether the second sound is the same as the first, or whether it is higher or lower. There are 20 of these questions and some of the pitches are less than a semitone apart.

    Melody: For these questions candidates listen to two tunes consisting of five notes. Candidates have to decide whether the second tune is the same as the first or if one of the notes has been altered. If there is a change, candidates will be expected to identify which note has been altered by giving the note number. There are 10 questions.

    Rhythm: For these questions candidates listen to two patterns of notes and have to decide whether the second pattern is the same as, or different from, the first and where any difference occurs. Each rhythm will be four beats (or pulses) in length. There are 10 questions.

    Texture: For these questions candidates listen to a number of notes played together at the same time. Candidates need to decide whether or not each chord has 2, 3 or 4 notes. There are 20 questions.

    1. Hi Nicky, our tests ask the candidate to pinpoint the difference by the number of the note within the four-beat extract which follows the format of the Melody section which has a fuller description of that part of the test. Music Aptitude Test - Rhythm section

      1. Thanks Lorraine, that’s what I thought but someone I was speaking to has implied that at Parmiters (one of the SW Herts Consortium schools) they are wanting the beat number rather than note number, hence why I was seeking clarification. Have you heard of this variation in the test? Would be great to get a definitive answer! Thanks. Nicky

      2. Hi Nicky – we have produced our materials in line with the criteria given which isn’t clear on this point, but if your friend says it is the beat number, do presume that is correct. I am unable to sit the test myself which is the only way to accurately know what is being asked by each school as the tests the schools use are not available to purchase anywhere. I will ask for more feedback from everyone sitting the test and look at revising this section. However the training tests should still adequately prepare for this section. Best of luck with the test!

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