SW Herts Consortium Schools: Music Aptitude Test, Dates for 2019 Admissions


Dates for your Diary:

Music Aptitude Tests for all SW Herts Consortium schools 11+ entry in September 2019 take place on the following dates:

MAT Test: Thursday 13 September 2018

2nd Round Music Tests: Week commencing Monday 24 September 2018

Notification of Scores: Wednesday 17 October 2018

The test will consist of 60 questions of four types: Pitch, Melody, Rhythm and Texture. Our Training Test materials cover all sections of this test.

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.

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.

1-to-1 Music Aptitude Test and Scholarship training is available with Mirna at the SE22 Piano School in London. Visit our booking page to select an appointment:


Buy Music Aptitude Tests for SW Herts Consortium Dame Alice Owens Schools

List of schools in the SW Herts Consortium using the tests:

  • Parmiter’s School
  • St. Clement Danes
  • Watford Boys
  • Watford Girls
  • Croxley Danes
  • Queens’ School Bushey
  • Rickmansworth School

FAQs on the SW Herts Schools web site

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