Chancellor’s School: Music Aptitude Tests for Secondary School Admissions

Here is some information about the upcoming tests that take place in July 2022 for 2023 admissions. Very best of luck to all students sitting this test. We provide training materials that help familiarise you with the style of test that you will hear on the day. We also offer 1-to-1 Lessons to help prepare you for the test.

You can see the structure of an online MAT lesson here: 

Book a MAT Lesson:
Training with Mirna and Lorraine online

The musical aptitude test is in two parts. All students who apply under this criterion will be invited to sit a written aptitude test in music. The test does not require any formal knowledge of musical theory. Exact timings for the test will be sent via post before the exam. If the school are unable to accommodate all applicants on that date further date will be arranged.

Round 1: Musical Aptitude Test

This is a written test, taken with other children, and is approximately 15 minutes in duration. The test is based entirely on aural responses. A score of 47 must be attained in order to progress to Round 2.

There are 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 i.e., 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 (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, and where any difference occurs. Each rhythm will be four beats (or pulses) in length.

10 questions.

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Results of Round 1:

Letters with results of the first Musical Aptitude test will be sent by post within two weeks of the tests taking place. Children achieving less than 47 are not invited to progress beyond this stage.

Musical Aptitude Test 2:

In addition to the written aptitude test, candidates will be required to complete a musical performance aptitude 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), enabling all candidates of all cultures an equal chance to succeed. They may also perform on more than one instrument if they prefer.

The school 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 Musical Aptitude test (which will include a ranking) will be sent by letter before the end of October

For assistance with the Music Aptitude Test, have a look at our upcoming Individual Lessons or download our training materials.

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