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When is the AMEB SA & NT office open?
The office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9am to 5pm.
On Tuesday and Thursday the office is open 9am to 1pm.
I called within the published office hours. Why did no one answer?
When staff are already taking other phone calls you will be connected to an answering service. Please leave your details, or email email@example.com, and they will get back to you as soon as they can.
Who can enrol a student for an exam?
Where do I find the Exam Key
The Exam Key is usually a 10-digit unique identifier for an exam. Account holders can access an Exam Key in SCORE under 'My Practical Exams'.
Where do I find the subject code for an exam?
Subject codes are available in the current Manual of Syllabuses. They are not required when enrolling via SCORE.
Can I enrol in a session that has already passed the closing date?
Late enrolments can be taken up to one week after the closing date, with a $25 per candidate late fee. Beyond this, late enrolments are not accepted, as scheduling will have commenced.
How do I note a candidate's special needs in an enrolment?
It is important to advise the AMEB of your student's disabilities so that we can provide the best exam experience possible for everyone involved.
When enrolling in SCORE you will see a field marked "Special Assistance". Please keep special requests brief and clear.
Candidates with disabilities will be offered the same examining standards as those applied to all other candidates. No concessions are made regarding the assessment criteria used, but the duration of the exam will generally be increased by 5 minutes to allow extra time for both the examiner and candidate to proceed through the sections of the exam. Supporting documenting evidence must be attached to the enrolment prior to the late closing date
How do I avoid my students' exams being scheduled at the same time as their school and family commitments?
You can specify date to be avoided when scheduling in the Scheduling Requests section of the enrolment. Selecting 'Other' will enable free text to be entered.
Whilst every attempt is made to accommodate specific date and time requests, please note they cannot be guaranteed. It is better to outline what times are to be avoided, to give scheduling increased flexibility.
How and when do candidates obtain their results after the exam?
Examination reports are made available to the Account Holders within two weeks of the examination. We aim to have certificates ready for collection within approximately eight weeks after the exam session.
Hard copy theory exam results for successful candidates are made available to Account Holders approximately four to six weeks after the exam. For any exam requiring more than one examiner (Diploma exams) results are processed and made available to Account Holders as soon as possible after the exam.
Online theory results (up to and including Grade 2) are available immediately upon completion of exam. For higher grades, a portion of the exam mark is available immediately and the final mark will be available around a week after completion of the exam.
Examiner X has previously taught my student. Can I avoid having that person appointed as her examiner?
Request to avoid particular examiners (where there is a clear conflict of interest) can be entered just below 'Special Assistance'.
How do I find out my candidates' exam dates?
We aim to notify Account Holders with scheduling information a minimum of three weeks before the exam date, along with venue maps (if available). Exam Notification Letters will become available in SCORE for Account Holders to download and send to candidates electronically or printed.
Please note - the Supplementary Session is scheduled with less notice.
Does the AMEB provide an accompanist?
Can a candidate take photocopies of music into the exam?
Photocopies are not allowed in AMEB exams. Candidates sitting practical exams must have original copies of all the music they will perform, even if they plan to play from memory.
You can, however, attach a photocopied page (or pages) to the original music to avoid difficult page turns.
To learn more about how music copyright and royalties work, please refer to the APRA AMCOS website.
How do I know if Extra List or Own Choice pieces (outside the syllabus) are appropriate?
Extra List and Own Choice pieces (not within the syllabus or a comparable AMEB syllabus) are made at the teacher's discretion. Pieces can be taken from any source and the syllabus simply asks that they be of a similar educational value.
Can I do an exam on alternate instruments?
When a new syllabus is released, can I still use the old one?
Yes. Generally for about 2 years (AMEB syllabuses), but please check the current Manual of Syllabuses.
Rockschool syllabuses usually include a 1 year transition period.
I don't understand the syllabus!
The exam length is very short and my student's pieces are all very long
Time management is a challenge for examiners. Rather than force your student to truncate performances, remove repeats and consider replacing one of the longer pieces with a shorter piece. Please ensure that time requirements (e.g. minimum and maximum performance times) are adhered to, where specified.
How are the syllabi developed?
Appointed by the Federal Board, the Consultant writes the syllabus which is scrutinised and proofed by the Reviewer and overseen by a specialist advisory group. Online surveys invite input from the public over the life of the project. Final approval must come from the Federal Board.
How do I participate in the syllabus review process?
Why do examiners grade an exam?
Examiners are required to grade a student's performance on the day against the published Syllabus Objectives and report accordingly to the Grading Descriptors.
What additional requirements apart from the practical exam do my candidates need to complete their qualification?
Music candidates - From Grade 6 up to LMusA, candidates need to complete Theory, Musicianship or Music Craft exams before they receive their certificate for their practical exam. The Additional Requirements are outlined in the current Manual of Syllabuses.
Prize and Showcase selections
How are prizes awarded?
Prizes with published rules are awarded in accordance with these rules. Unless a partnering organisation is specified as part of the selection process for a prize, the Prizes Committee will determine the final recipient for each prize from a pool of shortlisted candidates, who have been recommended by examiners during the course of the examining year.
Shortlisted candidates are judged on the basis of de-identified reports.
The Prizes Committee is appointed each year by the AMEB SA & NT Advisory Board.
How are Showcase performers chosen?
Performers are chosen by the Program Director from Examiners' recommendations over the course of the examining year. The Program Director puts together a program intended to 'showcase' AMEB with a balances of styles, standards and syllabuses.
One of my students didn't receive the National Certificate
The theory co-requisites may not have been met. A theory co-requisite is required for grades 6 to LMusA Practical Music exams. For Leisure and Speech exams are exempt. If your student has met the theory requirements, contact the State Office. If they have completed the theory co-requisite, but not with the AMEB, please provide the State Office with proof, and a National Certificate will be arranged.
Account holders are advised when a certificate has been printed. Certificates are held in the office for collection for those residing within the postcode range 5000-5199. All uncollected certificates are mailed via standard post to Account holders at the conclusion of the examining year. Envelopes include box board and 'Certificate Enclosed' stamping.
Those residing outside the postcode range 5000-5199 (including NT) will have their certificates posted automatically.
AMEB SA & NT is not responsible for the delivery of mail once it has left the office. Please contact Australia Post about reimbursement for lost articles. Any compensation is at their discretion.
I've lost my AMEB certificate
AMEB certificates can be reprinted with payment of the relevant fee below:
- $20 - Level 1 and 2 Certificates
- $40 - Level 3 Certificates
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a reprint.
If you have lost a certificate for a historical qualification obtained through AMEB, you may be able to retrieve the result through the University's Archive team and their online database.
I am unhappy about my student's last exam. What do I do?
How can I transfer a student's practical exam and how much will it cost?
What is the AMEB Award?
The AMEB Award is a development program designed to shine a spotlight on emerging musicians and performing artists. Across three Award levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold, this structured program enables participants to showcase their achievements and contributions to their chosen performing arts discipline.
AMEB Award participants set and achieve goals in two categories - Performances and Contribution Activities - in addition to completing an AMEB, Rockschool or PAA exam. Through Contribution Activities, participants are recognised for going beyond practice and performance, in areas including leadership, collaboration, and entrepreneurship.
How can I/my student/child enrol into the AMEB Award?
AMEB Award enrolments will open in June.
Enrolment in AMEB Award is via AMEB's learning platform, SCORE at score.ameb.edu.au. This online interface allows participants and their teachers and parents to easily record and document each Award milestone from any device.
Where can I get more information or speak to someone about the AMEB Award?