Music Aptitude Test

Without question, participation in music benefits students. Not only does it require self-discipline and determination, but it encourages team work, social skills and can have a positive impact on academic work. At Chancellor's, we recognise this and aim to provide all students with a rich and varied musical experience in and outside the classroom. In addition to their class music lessons, students are encouraged to participate in our varied extra-curricular programme. There are numerous choirs and ensembles which rehearse and perform regularly in a variety of musical genres. We have a limited number of places (10%) for students who demonstrate a particular aptitude for music. The application process is detailed below.

Musical Aptitude Tests will take place on Tuesday 20th June (written), Tuesday 27th June (performance), there will a reserve date available on Friday 30th June (both written and performance). Anyone wishing to apply under this criterion must complete the online Supplementary Information Form (SIF) to the School by Wednesday 24th May 2017. There will be a further opportunity for late applicants to sit Musical Aptitude Tests on the Saturday 23rd September. Their applications and SIF must be returned to the school by Friday 22nd September, the day after the school's Open Evening.
This is our final deadline. After the tests have been completed and following the publication of the results, anyone wishing to continue with their application for a place on the basis of musical aptitude must submit the Common Application Form available from the Local Authority and select Chancellor's School as one of the preferences. This must be done by 31st October 2017.

To apply online please visit the Chancellor’s website; Admissions and complete the Supplementary Information Form.


Online Registration opens for Music Tests on Tuesday 18th April and closes on Wednesday 24th May 2017. Week commencing Monday 5th June, letters detailing exact timings for the test will be posted to all applicants.

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.

The written test consists of questions involving three areas of music, namely PITCH, MELODY, and TEXTURE.

  • Pitch: For example 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.
  • Melody: For example 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.
  • Texture: For these questions candidates listen to a number of extracts containing multiple instruments or sounds. Candidates need to comment on the amount of instruments and compare any differences between examples.

There are no practice papers for the Music Test.

In addition to the written aptitude test, Candidates will be required to complete a musical performance aptitude test. Each child will be allocated a 5 minute slot to perform their 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. Students can bring their own CD backing track.