FAQs

Ensure that you are using an up-to-date web browser and have installed the latest AMEB Exams software on any computers to be used for online exams.

If you are still experiencing problems then please ask your school's IT staff to add the domain name www.exams.ameb.edu.au to the whitelist of your school firewall and proxy servers. For more information, see Resolving Proxy Configuration Issues.

 

SchoolPay is available to schools registered with the VRQA or their state's equivalent body, where there is a separation between the music department and the accounts payables/financial administration for the school. It is not intended for private music studios where the owner is often also delivering teaching.  

 

Schools can apply for a SchoolPay account by completing the form on our site. Once approved by the AMEB Finance team, the teacher is then able to enrol candidates on account for AMEB exams through AMEB Online.  An invoice is generated by the system, which the teacher can forward to their finance department for payment.  Once payment has been received for the exams, and marked as paid, the exams immediately become available for a candidate.  Until the payment is recognised, the exams are not available. 

Note that this service is not available on the AMEB Connect system in Victoria and NSW.

Class exams are intended for classes using online exams as part of their school assessment. If class exam is selected upon purchase, every exam in the class will have the exact same questions, rather than randomised questions. This allows for fair assessment in a classroom scenario. Class exams also require the account holder (usually the teacher) to authorise each candidate to start the exam even if the teacher is not the supervisor, so that the teacher can stop candidates from starting an exam too early without necessarily forcing all of the candidates to take the exam at the same time. This flexibility allows teachers to either approve all candidates and have them start the exam immediately in class, or to approve all candidates but then allow them to take the exam at home with a parent supervising.

There are two ways to enter multiple candidates in the same exam or course through AMEB Online.

 

1. Add Candidate: Click this button to duplicate the Candidate Info form as many times as you require to add all candidates. When you have added all candidate details, add the exam or course to your cart, or simply check out.

2. Import Candidates from CSV: This is useful for larger groups of students, such as classes. Click the button to download the sample CSV. Enter your candidates' details into this CSV, formatted exactly as in the sample. The candidates' first name, last name, date of birth and gender are required fields. If any of your candidates do not have an AMEB Candidate Number, leave this field blank. Other fields are optional. When you have completed and saved the CSV, click on Upload & Import to add the candidates, and then add to cart or checkout to complete enrolment.

 

If you have any questions or issues enrolling multiple candidates, please contact the AMEB Federal Office on 1300 725 709 or at support@ameb.edu.au.

It is possible for schools to use AMEB online exams and courses. If candidates are having trouble accessing exams or course lesson tests, it may be that the school is blocking our website or risingsoftware.com. Please follow this guide or contact us for further support. To view the course videos, Vimeo will have to be unblocked.

To enter a note, click on one of the note values in the panel below the stave. Once a note value is selected, click on the stave where you would like the note to be placed.

If you wish to add an accidental, select the sign from the panel below the stave before entering your note. Then, click on the stave where the note is to be placed. Do not try and click and drag the notes or accidentals onto the stave, as this will not work.

For more information, click here to watch a tutorial video.

There are several different ways to delete a note from the stave after it has been entered. The simplest method is to hover the cursor over the unwanted note. You will see that it is now highlighted red. Clicking on the note once it has been highlighted will remove it. Some question types also have an ‘eraser’ tool, located in the panel below the stave. When this tool is selected, you can hover your cursor over any notation you have entered, causing it to be highlighted red. Clicking on it will then remove it from the stave.

Each question also features a ‘Clear My Answer’ button, located in the lower right-hand corner of the question window. Clicking on this button will reset the question, removing any notations you have added.

For more information, click here to watch a tutorial video.

When asked to write a key signature, click on the desired accidental from the panel below the stave, then click where you would like it to be placed. Do not click and drag the accidentals onto the stave, as this will not work.

If you wish to remove an accidental you have entered, hover your cursor over it and it will highlight in red. Clicking on it will then remove it from the stave. Alternatively, reset the question using the ‘Clear My Answer’ button located in the lower right-hand corner of the question window.

Please note that key signatures can only be entered this way in questions that specifically ask you to write a key signature. Key signatures cannot be entered this way in questions that ask you to enter notes or rests.

For more information, click here to watch a tutorial video.

In ‘beaming’ questions, you will be presented with a short series of bars filled with quavers or semiquavers, and asked to beam them correctly according to the time signature.

Hover your cursor between the notes – when you move over any notes that can be beamed together, a grey beam will appear between them. Clicking on this grey beam will lock it into place. If you would like to remove a beam you’ve entered, hover your cursor over it until you see it highlighted red. Clicking on it now will remove it from the stave. 

For more information, click here to watch a tutorial video.

AMEB Online Exams include a range of question types that require the candidate to write in four-part vocal style (including cadence-writing questions). These questions require that two different layers or ‘voice types’ are written on each stave, ensuring that the different parts are written independently, and that note stems neither join nor collide.

In the panel below the stave, you will see two boxes marked ‘1’ or ‘2’. Box ‘1’ should be highlighted when entering the upper voice for each stave – that is: soprano in the case of treble clef, and tenor in the case of bass clef. Select box ‘2’ when you wish to enter the lower voice for each stave – that is: alto in the case of treble clef, and bass in case of bass clef. Please note that when you begin any question box 1 will already be selected by default.

Please note that only one note, per voice, per stave can be entered at a time. If you attempt to add a note to your chord without changing ‘voice type’, the note you have already written will be replaced.

For more information, click here to watch a tutorial video.

As mentioned above, only one note, per voice, per stave can be entered at a time. If you attempt to add a note to your chord without changing ‘voice type’ using the ‘1’ and ‘2’ boxes, the note you have already written will be replaced.

For more information, click here to watch a tutorial video.

When you enter a note in an empty bar, the note will default to the beginning of the bar, no matter where in the bar you have clicked. If you wish to begin a response to a harmony question on the final beat of a bar, first enter rests in each voice to fill up the bar. Once the bar is populated in this manner, you can enter notes at any rhythmic point.

For more information, click here to watch a tutorial video.

Since 2018, the Theory of Music syllabus no longer includes ‘Write a melody to a given rhythm’ questions for Grades 4-6. This applies to all exams, not just the new online system.

Each question has a default length of four bars. You may add additional bars by clicking on the ‘+’ sign at the bottom of the window. To remove a bar, click on the ‘-’ sign that is next to it, and then click on the bar you wish to remove. You can change the length of your answer like this at any time.

To add an anacrusis, click on the ‘Settings Wheel’ (located at the bottom of the question window, next to the + and – signs) which will open a small menu. Selecting a rhythmic value from the dropdown list will add it to the beginning of your answer, and subtract it from the final bar. Please note that this Settings menu can also be used as an alternative method to change the length of your answer.

For more information, click here to watch a tutorial video.

Depending on the grade and the syllabus of your exam, you can use ‘Settings Wheel’ located below the stave (next to the + and – signs) to change the time signature or the key signature of your answer. This menu also gives you the option of changing the length of your answer, and of adding an anacrusis.

For more information, click here to watch a tutorial video.

The AMEB syllabus does not differentiate between the beaming approaches used in vocal music and instrumental music. No marks will be lost for a candidate failing to separate beams for individual words or syllables, as is convention in some vocal music publications.

If there is the same number of notes as there are syllables, place a hyphen directly at the end of each syllable. For example: to spread the word 'Banana' over three notes, the text: 'Ba-  na-  na' would be appropriate.

If a syllable at the beginning or the middle of a word is to be held over multiple notes, place the syllable text under the first note, and a hyphen under each subsequent note over which the syllable is to be held.

If the last syllable of a word, or a single-syllable word, is to be held over multiple notes, no hyphenation (or word extension) is required.

Phrasing can only be added in ‘Write a melody to a given text’ questions. Other question types have given phrasing, which cannot be changed by the candidate.

In these questions, the ‘slur’ tools can be found on the right-hand side of the panel below the stave. There are two options: slur above the notes, and slur below the notes. Once either of these tools is selected, click on the first note of your phrase, then on the last note. A phrase mark will now appear in place.

Slurs that relate to the overall phrasing of the melody should always be done above the notes. Slurs that relate to melisma should be done either above or below as the stem direction dictates.

For more information, click here to watch a tutorial video.

Rests can be entered in one of two ways, depending on the question you are attempting.

Most question types feature a panel of rests below the stave. Simply select the rest you wish to enter, and click on the stave where you would like it to be placed.

Other questions feature a rest ‘toggle’ button, to conserve space. When you wish to enter a rest, first click on the rest button, then on the note value equivalent to the rest you wish to use. Now click on the stave to enter the rest. When you wish to return to entering notes, click the rest button once again to de-select it.

For more information, click here to watch a tutorial video.

Some candidates confuse the slur button with the tie button. The slur buttons show two notes with a slur between them, whereas the tie button just shows a tie with no notes in the icon.

Go to the home page and click ‘Register & Buy Exams or Courses’ (the blue button). Complete the Account Holder Registration Form. You will then receive an email with a link to activate your account.

Customers from Victoria and New South Wales will be redirected to the AMEB Connect site to complete their registrations. For queries regarding the AMEB Connect site, please contact your local State AMEB office.

 

How to Register as an Account Holder

You must be 18 years or older to purchase an examination. To purchase an examination you have to register as an Account Holder, then login. Enter your Account Holder details and then follow the links in the left hand menu to “Buy Exams or Courses.”

 

If you are in NSW, ACT or Victoria, exam enrolments are made through AMEB Connect NSW/ACT and AMEB Connect Victoria respectively. To register for an account at this site, click "Get Access". Once you have registered and logged into your account, click "Enrol a Candidate" to purchase an exam.

Paper-based face-to-face exams may be offered during the year at the discretion of your AMEB State Office, providing that minimum numbers can be met. To enquire, please contact your AMEB State Office.

The AMEB Exams application is developed in Australia by Rising Software, developers of Auralia and Musition.

The software is digitally signed on Mac using Apple-issued certificates.  It is also digitally signed on Windows, using certificates that ensure that Windows trusts the software for installation, and allows you to verify that it is indeed published by Rising Software.

The software has been checked for malware and does not track or store any personal information such as credit card details. The software can only be launched through the AMEB website and will close when you close out of your exams and courses. You can delete the software by deleting it from your Applications folder at any time you choose.

AMEB offers online theory courses to prepare students for Theory of Music Grades 1, 2, and 3 exams, as well as the Integrated Coursebooks and Workbooks.

 

Music Craft workbooks are available for Grades 1-4 and can be purchased from the AMEB Online Shop.

 

AMEB also produces Analytical Notes for Grades 5 & 6 in Theory of Music and Musicianship.

 

For other exams, it is best to study with a teacher. Your state's Music Teachers' Association can help you find a music theory teacher:

Victorian Music Teachers' Association

Music Teachers' Association of New South Wales

Queensland Music Teachers' Association

Tasmanian Music Teachers' Association

WA Music Teachers' Association

Music Teachers' Association of South Australia

Australian Society for Music Education Northern Territory

 

Once enrolled in an exam, candidates have unlimited access to online practice exams until the official exam is taken or the exam key expires. 

AMEB takes the security of its examinations very seriously. An online examination can only be purchased by an adult and so, normally, this will be done by a parent or teacher. At the time of purchase the purchaser will have to sign an electronic declaration agreeing that, to the best of their ability, they will ensure the candidate will complete the examination unaided and under full supervision.

Before the candidate can begin their examination a supervisor - 18 years old or older – is required to complete an electronic declaration agreeing to supervise the examination according to the terms of the Online Examination Policy. The supervisor’s role is to be present throughout the entire examination and to ensure the candidate does not have access to any person or other aids while completing the examination.

The supervisor must supply their name and contact number and AMEB will randomly contact supervisors to ensure they fulfill their commitment according to the policy.

Online Exams are available for Theory of Music Grades 1-6, Musicianship Grades 1-6 and Music Craft Preliminary to Grade 4. 

AMEB is currently developing Music Craft Grades 5-6 for future release.

Online exams will not be available for Diploma exams.

To enrol in a Music Craft Grade 5/6 or Diploma exam, please contact your AMEB State Office.

 

Speech and Performance Theory exams for Grade 7 are now available online. This short video explains how to access this exam via our Online Learning & Exams system. 

 

AMEB is currently seeking to develop additional Online Exams for our Speech and Performance Theory Examinations, however no dates have yet been set.

Paper-based face-to-face exams may be offered during the year at the discretion of your AMEB State Office, providing that minimum numbers can be met. To enquire, please contact your AMEB State Office.

After you have passed your exam, your certificate will be sent to the address listed in your Account Holder's profile. It will generally arrive within 2-3 weeks of you passing your exam. If you have not received your exam certificate within one month of passing your exam, please contact your AMEB State Office.

 

Please note that certificates are not issued for completing an online theory course.

While some AMEB online exams can be marked automatically by AMEB's software, others (those in the higher grades) need to be marked by an AMEB examiner. For those marked by a human, your results will be available 5-6 business days after you submit your exam.

 

If you have completed a practice exam, only the questions that can be automatically marked will receive a mark. Questions that would be marked by an examiner in the official exam are not marked in practice exams and will recieve 0 marks; this does not necessarily mean your answer was incorrect.

 

For more information about manual marking and automatic marking, please click here.

If your exam can be automatically marked, you will get your results as soon as you finish your exam. For exams that are manually marked, your Account Holder will get an email within 5-6 business days after you complete your exam notifying you that your results are available.

 

If you are not sure whether your exam is automatically or manually marked, click here.

To pass a graded written examination, candidates need to achieve 65%. They will receive Credit at 75%, Honours at 85% and High Distinction at 95% and above. For diploma written examinations, a grade of 75% or higher is required to pass. For more information please see AMEB's Regulations at www.ameb.edu.au/content/regulations

Online exams and courses expire 12 months after the purchase date.

 

You will receive a 30-day notice before your exam or course is set to expire. If you need more time, a 28-day extension can be purchased using the link in the notice email. Please note that your exam or course will be deactivated at the end of the expiry date.

Practice exams for the lower grade AMEB theory exams will be marked by the computer as the candidate completes the exam. The result for the practice exam will be available in the system after the exam is completed. 

Practice exams for higher-level AMEB online exams (Theory Grades 3 - 6, Musicianship Grades 3 - 6, Music Craft Grades 2 - 4) will only be partially marked. See the page Viewing Practice Exam Results for more information on how many questions will be marked in your practice exam.

If a student wants their teacher to see their work on a practice exam, the student can pass their Exam Key and Pin to their teacher. The teacher can use these login details to access practice exam results at AMEB OnlineAMEB exam software is required to view practice exams.

 

AMEB Online Theory courses are made up of a series of video lessons with accompanying practice tests for each lesson and also feature a downloadable PDF containing an outline of the lesson content. The lessons and tests may be reviewed as many times as necessary. The courses allow students to learn independently and at their own pace and are suitable for both child and adult learners.

 

Once a student has completed an online theory course, they will be ready to start taking Theory of Music practice exams.

 

Currently, we offer online courses for Theory of Music Grades 1-3. Further courses for Theory of Music are in development for future release.

Each year, minor changes are made to each syllabus. We encourage all candidates to purchase an up-to-date syllabus to ensure they are correctly versed in the syllabus requirements on a year-to-year basis.

In 2020, the Theory of Music and Musicianship syllabuses include new Set Works. Analytical notes for these new Set Works are available for purchase:

Theory of Music

Musicianship

The following browsers can be used for your online exam or course:

  • Internet Explorer (v. 9 or later)
  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Microsoft Edge

Whichever browser you use, we recommend that you keep your software up-to-date.

Using new software can be unfamiliar and intimidating at first, especially for candidates who are sitting an online exam for the first time. We provide unlimited practice exams to all enrolled candidates in order for them to familiarise themselves with the format and functionality of our software, giving them the opportunity to experience examples of each question type they are required to answer prior to their official exam.

Practice exams also simulate test conditions, using the appropriate time limit for the grade.

Please note that AMEB’s practice tests are not intended as a pedagogical tool in their own right - for these, the AMEB provides Online Courses, and other written materials including Theory of Music Integrated Course and Workbooks.

In order to maintain the integrity of the AMEB’s online exams, a number of questions must be quarantined for the official exams. In other words, we need to make sure that candidates are not asked exactly the same questions in a practice exam as they are in an official exam.

Especially in key syllabus areas (including the new keys, scales, or terms for the grade) this often means that only a small selection of questions can be asked in practice exams. As a rule of thumb, each question in a practice exam is randomly picked from a pool of three. This tends to mean that, while no two practice exams are alike, once a candidate has completed several practice exams, they have usually encountered each question at least once.

AMEB offers three different music theory syllabuses - Theory of Music, Music Craft, and Musicianship. Which option you choose is dependent on your personal preference.

See here for an overview of the differences between the three syllabuses, or consult the syllabuses below.

Theory of Music

Music Craft

Musicianship

The Candidate is the person taking an online exam or course.

An Account Holder is someone who has registered for an account on AMEB Online, and is responsible for purchasing exams and courses and managing enrolments. They are the liaison between the candidate and AMEB, and all correspondence about an exam or course will come to them. Often this is a parent or teacher of the candidate. The Account Holder must be 18 years or older. 

An adult candidate may also act as their own Account Holder.

An Account Holder is typically a parent, guardian, teacher or student 18 years or older. The Account Holder registers for the site and purchases exams for Candidates.

An Account Holder may also be the Candidate if they are 18 years or older.

The Account Holder becomes the contact point for AMEB and all information is linked to this registration. The acknowledgement of the purchase will be sent to the email address of the Account Holder, results will be available to the Account Holder and certificates will be mailed to the Account Holder. It is up to the teacher or parent to decide who will be the Account Holder.

Exams in NSW, ACT and VIC are purchased through AMEB Connect, so no account holder profile exists for these states in AMEB Online. Candidates in these states will login directly as exam candidate, following the steps in the confirmation email from AMEB Connect.

The Account Holder, that is the purchaser of the exam, becomes the contact point for AMEB. All information is linked to this registration so acknowledgement of the purchase will be sent to the email address of the Account Holder, results will be available to the Account Holder and certificates will be mailed to the Account Holder. Teachers may prefer to be the Account Holder and purchase exams for their students to allow them to maintain access to this information. Particularly where multiple candidates are being entered it may be preferable for the teacher to be the Account Holder.

 

Any person 18 years or older can act as an exam supervisor. Often this will be a parent, guardian or teacher, however any trusted adult may act as the supervisor.

 

All exam candidates regardless of their age require their exam to be supervised. In instances where a person lives alone and cannot leave or have visitors to their home, this supervision may be undertaken using video calling software.

 

AMEB conducts checks of supervisors at random to ensure they are 18 years or older and that they supervised the conduct of the exam appropriately.

 

Exams and courses may be purchased using card or PayPal.

Schools may apply for SchoolPay to have these invoiced to an account. For more information on this, please see the FAQ "SchoolPay" under the Schools tab.

There are two ways to enter multiple candidates in the same exam or course through AMEB Online.

 

1. Add Candidate: Click this button to duplicate the Candidate Info form as many times as you require to add all candidates. When you have added all candidate details, add the exam or course to your cart, or simply check out.

2. Import Candidates from CSV: This is useful for larger groups of students, such as classes. Click the button to download the sample CSV. Enter your candidates' details into this CSV, formatted exactly as in the sample. The candidates' first name, last name, date of birth and gender are required fields. If any of your candidates do not have an AMEB Candidate Number, leave this field blank. Other fields are optional. When you have completed and saved the CSV, click on Upload & Import to add the candidates, and then add to cart or checkout to complete enrolment.

 

If you have any questions or issues enrolling multiple candidates, please contact the AMEB Federal Office on 1300 725 709 or at support@ameb.edu.au.