Music Aptitude Test Stage 1

The first stage of the Music Aptitude Test comprises a multiple choice written aptitude test in music consisting of 60 questions in four tests sections.

Information about the South West Herts Consortium Music Aptitude Test Stage 1

Those students who achieve, or exceed the first round qualifying score out of a total of 60 marks will be given an individual appointment during the day to attend the Watford School of Music for the second stage performance assessment. First round scores can vary each year from a range of 43 to 46 marks.

Students applying for special consideration will hear an additional time recording of the test. This allows for the additional time equivalent of 25% that would be awarded in the written test. The recording is played at the same speed as the standard aural test however, candidates are given additional time between questions to record their answers and process what they have heard.

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Music Aptitude Test marks 2023, South West Herts Schools Consortium

THE TEST

The test comprises 60 questions and there are four main sections; PITCH, RHYTHM, MELODY and TEXTURE. Please note that the order of test sections can vary each year.


Information about the South West Herts Consortium Music Aptitude Test Stage 1, 20 questions on pitch

PITCH

For these questions, candidates listen to two sounds and have to indicate whether the second sound is the same as the first, or if it is higher or lower than the first sound. There are 20 questions.


Information about the South West Herts Consortium Music Aptitude Test Stage 1, 10 questions on rythm

RHYTHM

Candidates listen to two patterns of notes comprising four beats and have to decide whether the second pattern is the same as the first, or if it is different, and where the difference occurs by giving the beat number. There are 10 questions.


Information about the South West Herts Consortium Music Aptitude Test Stage 1, 10 questions on melody

MELODY

Candidates listen to two tunes consisting of five notes and have to decide if the second tune is the same as the first, or if one of the notes has been changed by giving the note number. There are 10 questions.


Information about the South West Herts Consortium Music Aptitude Test Stage 1, 20 questions on texture

TEXTURE

For these questions, candidates listen to a number of notes played together at the same time. Candidates need to decide whether each chord has 2, 3 or 4 notes. There are 20 questions.



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