What is the Music Aptitude Test?
The MAT is a series of listening tests that uses electronically generated sounds to provide a level playing field for candidates by not using real instrument sounds. Students that are familiar with the Aural part of ABRSM and Trinity exams may not necessarily be at an advantage as these tests are all conducted at the piano in the examination. The MAT tests uses microtones – intervals smaller than a semitone that do not exist on a piano. This means that pianists are not familiar with these small intervals.
The MAT uses a wide variety of instruments and electronic ‘beeps’ so that instrumentalists do not have any advantage over students that may not have studied music formally. For this reason, we decided to commission a set of sample tests that we can use with our students to prepare them as fully as possible for the MAT.
Here is one of our students taking the test. The questions are all clearly announced and there are 4 sections to each test with either 10 or 20 questions. The video has the first ten questions of Section 1. This clip is taken from Test 3 – Texture.
Using the sample questions from the MAT criteria, we have produced a series of 4 complete tests. We also provide the blank answer sheets and, of course, the answers! For the convenience of a smaller file size for download, we have made the MAT a bit quicker than the actual test. We recommend that you pause the MP3 after each question and take your time to answer it. Once you are more familiar with the exercises, you can try them at full speed.
4 complete training tests of 60 questions each are available to download instantly from our web site here:
Buy the Music Aptitude Tests
Alternatively, you can pay by online banking for the Music Aptitude Test. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the order details.
You will receive a Zipped folder containing:
4 complete specimen tests
Blank question sheet – multiple choice
The files are Mac or PC compatible. Use your computer or laptop to download and unzip the files. You can then transfer these to an iPad or iPhone using iTunes.