Why do some schools hold the Music Aptitude Test earlier in June instead of Autumn?

The SE22 Piano School is running a competition on Instagram. Win a 1-to-1 Music Aptitude Test scholarship preparation lesson in September 2023. All the info is here:  https://musicaptitudetest.wordpress.com/2023/06/27/win-a-1-to-1-music-aptitude-test-scholarship-preparation-lesson-in-september-2023/

Some schools such as Ashmole Academy, Claremont High School Academy and Mill Hill County High School hold their Music Scholarship tests in June each year which is earlier than the majority of UK state secondary schools that hold their Music Aptitude Test in the first half-term of the new academic year in September or occasionally October. The reasons for this are not known to us but there are some advantages to holding the tests earlier in the year:

  1. Conducting the test earlier in June allows parents to make informed decisions about their acceptance and placement before the start of the academic year. This means you are not juggling which schools to enter on the CAF admissions form whilst also trying to attend open days and then find out very close to the deadline which school has given you a scholarship.
  2. You can get the test over and done with so that you can RELAX during the Summer holidays!
  3. If you require music scholarship tutoring then you will need to enquire from January onwards and this is when we are less busy so you have a much better chance of booking your slots with our tutors. Once we pass mid-August and beyond, our lesson times are fully booked with so many enquiries that we cannot handle the number of students applying last minute for tutoring help.

If you’re reading this and thinking about 1-to-1 specialist Music Aptitude Test tutoring, then don’t leave it till the end of the Summer holidays to book a lesson online. Once we return to school in September we will be inundated with parents seeking our help and many are disappointed to find that we simply cannot offer them a slot to help them prepare for the MAT.

We offer 1-to-1 music lessons to help you prepare for the Music Aptitude Test. You can see the structure of an online MAT lesson here which will be tailored to the exact needs of your chosen school(s).

Author: Lorraine Liyanage

Owner of the SE22 Piano School in East Dulwich. Founder and Director of the Dulwich Music Festival. Piano teacher based in East Dulwich since 2007.

Leave a Reply