Dame Alice Owen Music Aptitude Test for 2018 Admissions

MAT2018Dame Alice Owen use the standard Music Aptitude Test that is included in our training test materials package.



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Please note the following dates for the Music Aptitude Tests:

Tuesday 5th September 2017 –  Musical Aptitude Test – First Round.

From Monday 25th September 2017 – Musical Aptitude Test – Second Round.

Further Information about the Test of Musical Aptitude: The test is approximately 30 minutes in duration and consists of 60 questions of four types: Pitch, Melody, Texture and Rhythm.

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. Some of the pitches are less than a semitone apart ie very close together. 20 questions.

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 number of the note. 10 questions.

Texture: for these questions, candidates listen to a number of notes played together at the same time; this is called a chord. Candidates need to decide whether or not each chord has two, three or four notes. 20 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,


Letters with results of the first Musical Aptitude test will be sent out within 10 days of the tests taking place. Children achieving 47 marks or above will be invited to attend a second Musical Aptitude test. For this second test, each child is allocated a 5 minute slot to perform on their preferred instrument/s (voice included). There is a totally free choice of piece(s) and the child can perform on more than one instrument if they prefer. We can provide an accompanist if required or you may bring your own. There is also provision to play a cd backing track.

Test Results
Results of the second Musical Aptitude test will be sent by letter before the end of October and may be helpful to parents when making their child’s school application. Parents who wish to apply for a place at Dame Alice Owen’s School must include it as one of their preferences when making their child’s secondary transfer application via their home Local Authority.


Our Music Aptitude Test training materials cover the 4 sections tested by Dame Alice Owen’s school:

Our training tests are available to purchase online for instant download: https://musicaptitudetest.wordpress.com/

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