Parmiter’s School Music Aptitude Test: Updated with dates for 2021 Admissions

Parmiter’s School Music Aptitude Test. Read about the test requirements for all SW Herts Consortium schools here

Music Aptitude Tests for all SW Herts Consortium schools 11+ entry in September 2021 take place on the following dates:

MAT Test: Monday 7 September 2020

2nd Round Music Tests: Week commencing Monday 21st September

Notification of Scores: Wednesday 14th October (around noon)

There is no pass mark for the music test, places being offered in accordance with the school’s admissions arrangements.

Please note that the above scores refer to the 2nd Stage Music Practical Assessment.  All applicants must have reached the qualifying score in the 1st Stage Music Written Assessment.  The qualifying score for previous years are as follows:

1st Stage  Music Written Test – minimum score required to progress to 2ndStage Music Practical Assessment

Sec Trans 2018

Sec Trans 2017

Sec Trans 2016

Sec Trans 2015

Sec Trans 2014

43

45

45

47

47

NB:  All applicants who achieved or exceeded the above qualifying scores were called back for the 2nd Stage Music Practical Assessment.

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

The South West Hertfordshire School Admissions Consortium consists of the following schools:

  • Croxley Danes (music only)
  • Rickmansworth
  • St Clement Danes
  • Parmiter’s
  • Queens’
  • Watford Grammar School for Boys
  • Watford Grammar School for Girls
The format of our 1-to-1 Lessons

Written Music Aptitude Test

All applicants under the Music criterion are required to take a written aptitude test in music. The test does not require any previous knowledge of music theory.

The test consists of 60 questions and they are of four main types, namely 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. 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.

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.

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.

Music Practical Assessment

Candidates who achieve high marks in the aptitude test will be asked to attend Watford School of Music to perform a chosen piece of vocal or instrumental music. Their aptitude for music will be further assessed from this performance and as there is a free choice of piece, this will allow candidates of all cultures an equal chance to succeed.

An accompanist will be provided. Applicants are not allowed to bring their own.

You can prepare for the Music Aptitude Tests by using the following specimen tests that are indicative of the style of test used: http://musicaptitudetest.co.uk/


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The Music Aptitude Test takes place after the September Open Evening and results are posted before the deadline day for handing in forms to Essex County Council Admissions in October. The tests will be held on a Saturday and dependent upon the number of applicants, there may be two sittings.

The music test for Moulsham is designed to be purely on aptitude and not musical ability with multiple choice questions, for example, on rhythm recognition and pitch recognition. You can use our Music Aptitude Tests to familiarise yourself with the styles of MAT commonly used by UK State Secondary Schools.

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


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


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

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