Changes to Mark Allocation for Online Exams

As of the 1st of February 2019, the allocated marks for some of AMEB's Online Exams will change. These changes affect three exams only: Theory of Music Grades 2 and 3, and Musicianship Grade 2.

The main result of these changes is that the transposition question will be worth fewer marks. There is no change to the question structure in any of these exams.

Following a review by the AMEB Theory Committee it was agreed that the mark allocation for the transposition question be redistributed to address the issue of a candidate making a fundamental error (e.g. transposing to the wrong key) and their overall mark being significantly affected by this single error. 

Therefore, in each grade, transposition questions will be standardised to 12 marks, with the marks for some other questions being raised, and in some cases, additional questions being asked.

Official and practice exams taken before Feb 2019 will use the current mark allocation. Unfortunately, it is not possible to take a practice exam that employs these changes prior to Feb 1.

The changes to each exam are itemised below:

Theory of Music Grade 2

  • Marks for the transposition question will be reduced from 18 to 12.
  • Marks for the write the scale question will be raised from 4 to 6.
  • Marks for the mark the tones and semitones question will be raised from 4 to 7.
  • The number of signs questions (worth 1 mark each) will be increased from 4 to 5.

Theory of Music Grade 3

  • Marks for the transposition question will be reduced from 17 to 12.
  • Marks for the two write the scale questions will be raised from 2 to 4 per question.
  • Marks for the mark the tones and semitones question will be raised from 1 to 2.

Musicianship Grade 2

  • Marks for the transposition question will be reduced from 20 to 12.
  • Marks for the two write the scale questions will be raised from 2 to 4 per question.
  • Marks for the mark the tones and semitones question will be raised from 1 to 2.
  • Marks for the three write the triad questions will be raised from 2 to 3 per question.