Dates for your Diary: Ashmole Academy Music Aptitude Test 2021 Admissions

January 2020:  Application Form to sit Musical Aptitude Test 2020 available

Friday 15th May 2020 (3.30pm):  Closing date for returning the application form to Ashmole Academy for those applying under the Musical Aptitude criteria of the school’s admission policy.

Saturday 6th June 2020:  Musical Aptitude Test 2020 – approximately one hour duration.  Details with times of the test will be sent out at least 2 weeks prior to the date.

Tuesday 30th June and Wednesday 1st July 2020:  Music Auditions.

Format of the Test: Nb this document is dated 2012 and appears on Ashmole’s website so do be advised that changes may occur in this year’s test.

Musical Aptitude Test

The Musical Aptitude Test is of approximately 40 minutes’ duration and
does not require any previous knowledge of music or music theory. There
will be 60 questions to include pitch, rhythm, texture and melody.


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.

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We offer one test that covers this style of questions in our online download. As always, we advise that you use our training materials to familiarise yourself with the style of tests you will hear on the day so that you feel confident answering whatever questions you hear on the day. The schools change their tests each year and we cannot predict the exact format for the test as each school uses a different MAT but we can give you the best chance of success by helping you feel well-prepared and able to adapt to the questions as required. In addition to the online download, we have various dates scheduled for 1-to-1 tutoring by video during the COVID-19 school closure.

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