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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 2018 syllabus no longer includes ‘Write a melody to a given rhythm’ questions in Grades 4-6 Theory of Music. 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.
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.
Add text to your rhythm or melody by selecting the ‘T’ tool in the panel below the stave, then click underneath any note you wish to add text to. A text box will then appear below the note, in which you can type the word or syllable you wish to enter. Please note that you must click just below the desired note – clicking on the notehead will not cause the text box to appear.
If a text box is still not appearing, check that you have scrolled all the way to the bottom of the question window. Some smaller monitors are not large enough to display the question in full, and can obscure the part of the question where the text boxes appear.
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.
Depending on which version of AMEB’s Online Exams software you are using, multiple slur lines may cause clashes above the stave. The ‘slur under’ tool can be used to avoid some clashes, however this is not strictly correct practice in all cases. Our developers continue to work on accommodating the conventions of vocal musical notation, and AMEB’s team of examiners would like to assure all candidates that we are aware of these issues, and that no marks will be lost for all genuine attempts to follow vocal music conventions.
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.
Go to the home page and select ‘Register’ from the blue button in the centre of your screen and then complete the details as required.
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.
You have to be 18 years or older to purchase an examination. To purchase an examination you have to register for the site, login via the login button at the top right hand of your screen. Enter your Account holder details and then follow the links in the left hand menu to “Buy Exams or Courses.”
The previous Online Examination Centre used software that is no longer being supported by many browsers and was creating usability issues for our customers.
All unexpired exams and courses will be valid in the 2018 system, however no expiry dates will be extended beyond 31 December 2018. Login details for pre-2018 exams will not be compatible with the current system, which requires new Exam and Course Keys and Pins. Your new Exam or Course login details (key and pin) would have been mailed to your Account Holder (the person who originally bought the exam for you), so please contact them for your login details.
If you have still not received your Exam/Course Key and Pin, please contact your account holder and ask them to check their emails. Be sure to check in junk/spam or search for emails from firstname.lastname@example.org as sometimes the emails get filtered there. If you still cannot find your new details, please contact us at email@example.com or 1300 725 709.
Yes, we will still offer our written annual examination sitting in 2018. Please contact your State office for more information or to enrol for the face-to-face examination.
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.
The AMEB offers online theory courses to prepare students for a Grades 1, 2, and 3 Theory of Music exam. For more information visit exams.ameb.edu.au.
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 – has to sign off an electronic declaration agreeing to supervise the examination according to the terms of the On Line 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 will have to supply their name and contact number and AMEB will randomly contact supervisors to ensure they fulfill their commitment according to the policy.
In time, online examining will be available for all written examinations in Theory, Musicianship, Music Craft.
Online Exams are now 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.
AMEB is currently seeking to develop Online Exams for our Speech and Performance Theory Examinations, however no dates have yet been set.
Yes, for the time being written examinations will still be available in their traditional format. Please contact your state office for information about enrolling in a paper-based exam.
Yes. Successful candidates will receive a certificate from their AMEB state office. To enquire about online exam certificates please contact your AMEB state office: www.ameb.edu.au/state-offices
Yes. Normally each examination is randomly generated from the question bank but there is an option for a group of students to do an identical examination – just follow the options when you choose to enter more than one candidate.
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.
For exams that are automatically marked, you wil get your results as soon as you finish your exam. For exams that are manually marked, you will get an email 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, see the table on the homepage at www.amebexams.edu.au
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 expire 12 months after the purchase date. In that time you can take unlimited practice exams and access your results as many times as you would like. You will also receive a 30 day notice before your exam is set to expire. Please note that the exams will be deactivated at 12am midnight on the day they expire.
Practice exams for the lower grade AMEB online 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.
Practice exams for higher-level AMEB online exams (Theory Grades 3 - 6, Musicianship Grades 3 - 6, Music Craft Grades 2 - 4) are not marked.
Currently, if a student wants a teacher to see their work on a particular question they will need to screenshot their attempt before completing their practice exam, and provide the screenshot to their teacher themselves. We are working with our developers toward an improved solution whereby we can record and return candidate's attempts of practice exam questions to the teacher.
Courses are available for Theory of Music Grades 1 - 3.
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.
Changes in the 2018 syllabus include minor updates to the delivery of the ‘Creative’ question types. Most importantly: the 2018 syllabus no longer includes ‘Write a melody to a given rhythm’ questions in Grades 4 - 6 Theory of Music. This applies to all exams, not just those facilitated by the online system.
You can use Internet Explorer v. 9 or later as your browser. Internet Explorer v. 8 is not supported and you will need to update your browser to login to our system.
All other browsers are supported. 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 practise 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 10 or more practice exams, they have usually encountered each question at least once.
An Account Holder must be 18 years or older and they will be the person who registers on the site and purchases the exam.
The Candidate can be any age and they are the person who sits the exam.
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.
An Account Holder can purchase an exam for themselves or on behalf of a child. When an Account Holder buys an exam they receive an Exam Key and PIN which they pass onto the Candidate giving them access to do practice exams and, ultimately, the official exam.
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.
The exam will stay current on the system for 12 months from the time of purchase.
Certificates are sent out by the State AMEB Offices with candidates generally receiving their certificates within 10 days of completing the exam.
To follow up about exam certificates, please contact your state office.
Any adult 18 years or older can supervise the exam. Normally we would expect it to be a parent or teacher but this is not a requirement. AMEB does randomly check supervisors to ensure they are 18 years or older and that they supervised the conduct of the exam appropriately.
At the moment the only way to purchase on line is with a credit card. If you don’t have a credit card we recommend you discuss this further with your State Office.
The first thing to do is to make sure that you are using an up to date web browser and latest AMEB Exams software for your exams. Also you need to make sure to download appropriate Macintosh or Windows platform software from following link:
Once you have done this, if you are still experiencing problems then please have your IT staff add the domain name www.exams.ameb.edu.au to the white list of your school firewall and proxy servers.
Yes you can enter 2 or more candidates to do different examinations or to do the same examination all in one easy transaction.
When purchasing an exam the system will ask you the number of candidates you want to enter. If you enter a number greater than one in the field provided, the next page will ask you if you want to enter a number of candidates to do the same exam as a group, or enter a number of candidates to do exams individually. Choose the group option if you would like all the candidates to sit the same exam time. Choose the individual option if they are taking different grades or subjects, or if you would like candidates to sit their exam at different times.
All unexpired exams and courses will be valid in the new system. In fact we will give you an extra two months on your expiry date to allow you to familiarise yourself with the system prior to taking an exam (however no expiry dates will be extended beyond 31 December 2018).
If you haven’t received your new key by Monday 5 February 2018 please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1300 725 709