Music Aptitude Tests for State Secondary School entry, September 2019

The MAT Music Aptitude Test is a  listening test used by state Secondary Schools to select around 10% of their intake of students on a music scholarship program. The SE22 Piano School, a private piano teaching practice in East Dulwich, has been successfully preparing our students for entry to many London schools on music scholarship programmes for the last 4 years. In 2017, our students achieved places on full music scholarships at Kingsdale, Haberdasher’s and Prendergast.

Our training materials are now available online for all MAT candidates to download and prepare for the upcoming tests.

The training tests are indicative of the style of MAT used in the UK although we cannot guarantee that your test will be exactly the same.

4 complete training tests of 60 questions each are available to download instantly from our web site here:

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.

As this is the section most students find difficult, we have a video with some tips:

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: