SW Herts Consortium Schools, Updated with Dates for 2020 Admissions: Music Aptitude Test & Scholarship

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You can download and practice the specimen Aural Tests online so that you know what kind of tests to expect on the day.

Music Aptitude Test web site:
https://musicaptitudetest.wordpress.com/

Here is a video showing samples of each section of our 4-part test:

Music Aptitude Tests for all SW Herts Consortium schools 11+ entry in September 2020 take place on the following dates:

Music TestMonday 9th September 2019
First Round Music Scores Notified to ParentsThursday 19th September (around noon)
Start of Second Round Music TestsWeek commencing: 
Monday 23rd September
Scores Notified to ParentsWednesday 16th October (around noon)
Secondary Application DeadlineThursday 31st October

The following schools select a percentage of their intake via a Music Aptitude system. Check the links below to confirm the latest statistics.

Parmiter’s School
25% of places selected on general ability, 10% of places for aptitude for Music

Queens’ School (Bushey)
265 places in Year 7. 35% of places selected on general ability, 5% for musical aptitude, 5% for sporting aptitude

Rickmansworth School
185 places in Year 7. 25% of places selected on general ability, 10% of places for musical aptitude

St Clement Danes School (Chorleywood)
208 places. 10% general ability, 10% musical aptitude

Watford Grammar School for Boys
190 places in Year 7. 25% of places selected on general ability, 10% of places for musical aptitude.

Watford Grammar School for Girls
180 places in Year 7. 45 (25%) of places selected on academic ability, 18 (10%) of places for musical aptitude. There were 570 applications in 2010.

Click on the links below to read our articles to help you succeed with the Music Aptitude Test & Scholarship:
Should I Prepare for the Music Aptitude Test?
How To Succeed at the Music Aptitude Test
Download Training Test Materials


For assistance with the Music Aptitude Test, have a look at our upcoming 1-to-1 lessons or download our training materials.

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.

A limited number of applicants will be invited back to perform a single piece on their chosen instrument or vocally.  This will be a free choice of piece, which should last no longer than three minutes.  As there is a free choice of instrument and piece, it will give candidates of all abilities and all cultures equal opportunity to succeed.

Those applicants invited back will be given an individual appointment during the school day, on or after Monday 24th September.


Other partially selective non-consortium schools

Dame Alice Owen’s School
32.5% of places selected for general ability, 5% for aptitude in Music

Bishops Stortford High School
155 places in Year 7, 5% of places selected for sporting aptitude, 5% for musical aptitude

Hertfordshire and Essex High School (Stortford)
160 places in Year 7, 5% of places selected for sporting aptitude, 5% for musical aptitude

Hockerill Anglo-European College(Bishops Stortford)
120 places in Year 7: 68 day places and 52 boarding places. 7 places allocated for linguistic aptitude, 3 places of musical aptitude and 2 places for aptitude in both subjects

Information on this page was believed to be correct at the time of writing, but we would not necessarily be aware of subsequent changes unless someone brings them to our attention.  Before acting on any information given here, please verify that it is up to date.


You can download and practice the specimen Aural Tests online so that you know what kind of tests to expect.

Music Aptitude Test web site:
https://musicaptitudetest.wordpress.com/


Here’s a short video with some tips for preparing for the Texture section of the Music Aptitude (MAT) Test. Most of my students find this section particularly challenging and I receive a lot of emails about the best way to prepare for this part of the test. I recorded a short video on my harpsichord at home with some ideas and tips for preparing for the Texture section. I hope you find it helpful.
–>Buy The Tests


Click on the links below to read our articles to help you succeed with the Music Aptitude Test & Scholarship:
Should I Prepare for the Music Aptitude Test?
How To Succeed at the Music Aptitude Test
Download Training Test Materials


For assistance with the Music Aptitude Test, have a look at our upcoming 1-to-1 MAT Tutoring in London or download our training materials.

1-to-1 Music Aptitude Test and Scholarship training is available with Mirna at the SE22 Piano School in London.

1-to-1 MAT Tutoring in London. Open to all musicians from Year 4 to 6.

With over a decade of experience preparing students for music scholarships, Lorraine Liyanage can tell you everything you need to know about state school music scholarships.
With over a decade of experience preparing students for music scholarships, Lorraine Liyanage can tell you everything you need to know about state school music scholarships.

4 thoughts on “SW Herts Consortium Schools, Updated with Dates for 2020 Admissions: Music Aptitude Test & Scholarship

  1. Is this suitable for the test in Sep 2017?

    1. Hi Mystica, I just checked the MAT criteria on the SW Herts Consortium web site for 2018 entry and it is the same 60 question test that they are using according to the site for the consortium schools (please check which ones from this list offer the MAT):

      Bushey Meads
      Rickmansworth
      St Clement Danes
      Parmiter’s
      Queens’
      Watford Grammar School for Boys
      Watford Grammar School for Girls
      Croxley Danes

      1. We are doing it for Parmiter’s. so should be fine I guess

      2. The test is the same for all schools and everyone sits the test on the same day. Here is the Parmiter’s info: http://www.parmiters.herts.sch.uk/admissions/music-test/

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