Examinations

Practical and written exams are available across AMEB Music and Speech & Drama syllabuses, and Rockschool.

It is essential to refer to the relevant syllabus when preparing for exams. The information below provides an overview of syllabuses available within the broader categories, as well as an outline of grades, qualifications and current fees. 

Please note:

  • For reference purposes, we have also put together an index of exams available, with codes and fees current for AMEB SA & NT in 2022, as at 1 February 2022.
  • Video exam options across relevant syllabuses/exam types are outlined on the video exams page.

 

AMEB Music exams across all syllabi

AMEB provides a detailed collection of music syllabuses and exams across a range of instruments and voice, to support learning and achievement in music.

AMEB also provides qualifications for instrumental teachers.

  • Enrolment fees

    AMEB Music practical exams

    Grade

    2022 Fee

    Comprehensive & Repertoire

    2022 Fee

    For Leisure Comprehensive &
    For Leisure Repertoire
    *

    P Plate (Piano)

    Book 1, 2, or 3

    $44

    -

    Preliminary

    $104

    $100

    Grade 1

    $117

    $116

    Grade 2

    $127

    $121

    Grade 3

    $132

    $129

    Grade 4

    $139

    $136

    Grade 5

    $153

    $143

    Grade 6

    $169

    $160

    Grade 7

    $196

    $172

    Grade 8

    $235

    $196

    Certificate of Performance

    $250

    $209

    AMusA

    $388

    -

    LMusA

    $495

    -

    * Note – For Leisure (Comprehensive and Repertoire) exam options are available for ‘for Leisure’ syllabuses (Piano for Leisure, Singing for Leisure and Saxophone for Leisure).  


    Teaching

    Grade

    Description

    2022 Fee

    CTMusA / ATMusA / LTMusA

    Section I

    $159

    CTMusA / ATMusA / LTMusA

    Section II

    $159

    CTMusA / ATMusA / LTMusA

    Section III (A)

    $255

    CTMusA / ATMusA / LTMusA

    Section III (B)

    $255

  • Subjects

    AMEB Practical Music Examinations

    Keyboard
    Piano, Piano for Leisure, Accordion, Organ

    Stringed
    Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Classical Guitar, Harp

    Woodwind
    Recorder, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Saxophone for Leisure

    Brass
    Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Brass Band

    Voice
    Musical Theatre, Singing, Singing for Leisure

    Percussion
    Orchestral Percussion

    Ensemble Performance
    Woodwind, Strings, Percussion, Brass, Mixed Ensemble


    AMEB Teaching Certificates and Diplomas

    Certificate Teacher of Music Australia | CTMusA 
    This Certificate level syllabus is an introduction to the ATMusA diploma. Adult teachers considering this exam should already be teaching students in the earliest grades of the AMEB syllabus for their instrument.

    Associate Teacher of Music Australia | ATMusA This syllabus is suitable for studio music teachers who wish to gain a diploma level teaching qualification. Teachers with experience in teaching students in all grades of Level 1 AMEB exams (up to Grade 4) for their instrument would be suitable to enrol for this diploma exam.

    Licentiate Teacher of Music Australia | LTMusA This syllabus is only suitable for studio music teachers who have already obtained the ATMusA as this is a prerequisite for entry. Teachers with experience in successfully teaching students at all AMEB grade levels would be suitable to enrol for this diploma exam.

  • Qualifications

    Associate in Music, Australia AMusA
    Licentiate in Music, Australia LMusA
    Fellowship in Music, Australia FMusA
    Associate Teacher of Music, Australia ATMusA
    Licentiate Teacher of Music, Australa LTMusA
  • Regulations

    Regulations pertaining to AMEB Music exams are published in the current Manual of Syllabuses. 

    They are also available on the Federal office website.

  • Grading descriptors

    Preliminary to Certificate of Performance

    PASS WITH HIGH DISTINCTION (A+)
    In addition to satisfying the requirements for an A grading (below), the candidate demonstrates outstanding achievement in meeting the syllabus objectives in all sections including performance flair, consistent technical fluency and penetrating stylistic insight.

    PASS WITH HONOURS (A)
    The candidate demonstrates an overall superior level of achievement in meeting the syllabus objectives in all sections, in terms of musicianship, security of technique (including intonation, tone, phrasing, articulation, rhythm), and stylistic awareness.

    HIGH CREDIT (B+)
    In addition to satisfying the requirements for a B grading (below), the candidate demonstrates meritorious achievement against most of the syllabus objectives.

    CREDIT (B)
    The candidate demonstrates an overall creditable level of achievement with appropriate development of musicianship, technique and stylistic awareness in accordance with the syllabus objectives. Some unevenness in achievement in meeting the syllabus objectives, or between different sections of the exam, may be apparent.

    PASS WITH MERIT (C+)
    In addition to satisfying the requirements for a C grading (below), the candidate demonstrates more than adequate achievement against some of the syllabus objectives in each section.

    PASS (C)
    The candidate demonstrates an overall adequate level of achievement in musicianship, technique and style in accordance with the syllabus objectives. Considerable unevenness of achievement in meeting the syllabus objectives, or between different sections of the exam, may be apparent.

    NOT SATISFACTORY (D)
    The candidate demonstrates an overall inadequate level of musicianship, technique and style and does not satisfy the syllabus objectives. Often this has resulted from inadequate preparation. Presentation is often hesitant, evidencing technical errors and/or an inappropriate sense of style.

    UNABLE TO ASSESS (UA)
    Students receive this result when a significant or compulsory aspect of the grade and syllabus is not presented. The examiner is unable to provide a grading and a certificate cannot be issued.

    Some examples of this result include:

    • a compulsory timing requirement is not met
    • a candidate is unable to present pieces that require certain accompaniment with that accompaniment or
    • significant sections of the examination are not presented.

    Associate Diploma (AMusA)

    AWARD WITH DISTINCTION
    The candidate must fulfil the criteria for a pass award (below) and in addition demonstrate performance flair, consistent technical and musical command and penetrating stylistic insight.

    AWARD 
    The candidate must fulfil the syllabus objectives to a level that meets the technical and musical demands of the repertoire and produce a satisfying musical performance overall.

    NO AWARD
    The candidate shows an inadequate level of musicianship, technique and style resulting in a performance that does not yet fulfil the requirements for the award. Unable to Assess (UA) will also result in No Award.

    UNABLE TO ASSESS
    Unable to Assess will also result in No Award. Students will generally receive this result if a significant requirement or compulsory aspect of the syllabus is not met.

     
    Licentiate Diploma (LMusA)

    AWARD WITH DISTINCTION
    The candidate must fulfil the criteria for a pass award (below) and in addition demonstrate performance flair, consistent technical and musical command and penetrating stylistic insight.

    AWARD
    The candidate must fulfil the syllabus objectives, reaching a level of achievement that meets the technical and musical demands of the repertoire and produces a coherent and accomplished performance overall.

    NO AWARD
    The candidate shows an inadequate level of musicianship, technique and style resulting in a performance that does not yet fulfil the requirements for the award.

    UNABLE TO ASSESS
    Unable to Assess will also result in No Award. Students will generally receive this result if a significant requirement or compulsory aspect of the syllabus is not met.

Online Theory exams in Music and Speech

AMEB Music Theory syllabuses support candidates in developing their knowledge of the building blocks of music. Candidates can select from three classical music syllabuses. Music Craft includes an aural component throughout the syllabus while Musicianship includes an aural component from Grade 4 onwards. Theory of Music does not include an aural component.

  • Theory of Music  (written exams available from Grade 1 to Diploma, with online options for Grades 1 to 6)
  • Music Craft (online from Preliminary to Grade 4, with written options for Grades 5 and 6)
  • Musicianship (written options available at Diploma level, with online options from Grades 1 to 6)

Why do Theory exams online?

Flexible and convenient
Private teachers can have students complete the exam at home or in the music studio. Students studying in a class can complete the exam individually in their own time or at the same time as the rest of the class.

Practice questions
Each exam comes with randomly-generated practice questions for the student to complete at any time, as many times as they would like on the platform, up to a year after the exam is purchased. Candidates can use the practice questions to learn how to use the platform before sitting the official exam online.

Immediate results
Results for Theory of Music Grade 1 and 2, Musicianship Grade 1 and 2 & Music Craft Preliminary Grade and Grade 1 online exams are available immediately. Higher-level exams are manually marked by an examiner with results available within 3-5 business days.

Certificates
Certificates for online exams are identical to those for exams completed on paper. In order to maintain the integrity of AMEB written exams all candidates under 18 must nominate an adult to supervise their written exam.

  • Enrolment fees

    AMEB Music Theory exams

    For Written Exams, please refer to the options outlined in the 2022 Exam Dates.

    Grade

    Theory of Music 2022
    Fees

    Music Craft 2022
    Fees

    Musicianship 2022
    Fees

    Preliminary

    -

    $78

    Online only

    -

    Grade 1

    $78

    Online or Written

    $81

    Online only

    $78

    Online only

    Grade 2

    $81

    Online or Written

    $85

    Online only

    $81

    Online only

    Grade 3

    $85

    Online or Written

    $95

    Online only

    $85

    Online only

    Grade 4

    $91

    Online or Written

    $100

    Online only

    $95

    Online only

    Grade 5

    $97

    Online or Written

    $101

    Written only (10 June)

    $100

    Online only

    Grade 6

    $101

    Online or Written

    $108

    Written only (10 June)

    $102

    Online only

    Associate (Diploma)

     $135

    Written only

    Musicology

    Harmony & Counterpoint

    Orchestration & Arrangement

    -

     $135

    Written only

    Musicianship Section I

    Musicianship Section II

    Licentiate (Diploma)

     $146

    Written only

    Musicology

    Harmony & Counterpoint

    Orchestration & Arrangement

     -

     $146

    Written only

    Musicianship Section I

    Musicianship Section II

  • Qualifications

    • Associate Musicianship
    • Associate Musicology
    • Associate Harmony & Counterpoint
    • Associate Orchestration & Arrangement
    • Licentiate Musicianship
    • Licentiate Musicology
    • Licentiate Harmony & Counterpoint
    • Licentiate Orchestration & Arrangement
  • Regulations

    Regulations pertaining to AMEB Music exams are published in the current Manual of Syllabuses. 

    They are also available on the Federal office website.

  • Grading

    AMEB uses the following grades for written Grade exams:

    • High Distinction - 95%
    • Honours - 85%
    • Credit - 75%
    • Pass - 65%

    AMEB uses the following grade for written Diploma exams:

    • Pass - 75%
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AMEB offers graded practical and written examinations in Speech & Drama. AMEB is the most widely used assessment system for Speech and Drama in Australia. Highly trained examiners, specialists in their field, assess students from Preliminary to Diploma levels in Speech and Performance Theory, Drama and Performance, Drama and Communication and Voice and Communication.

  • Enrolment fees

    AMEB Speech & Drama practical exams

    Syllabus

    Grade

    2022 Fee

    Voice and Communication,

    Speech and Performance (Practical)

     

    Preliminary

    $106

    Grade 1

    $107

    Grade 2

    $108

    Grade 3

    $111

    Grade 4

    $113

    Grade 5

    $116

    Grade 6

    $118

    Grade 7

    $126

    Grade 8

    $142

    CVCA or CSPA

    Certificate

    $156

    APCA or ASPA

    Performer/Teacher

    Associate Section I (Practical)

    $276

    APCA or ASPA

    Performer/Teacher

    Associate Section II (Written)

    $276

    LSPA Performer/Teacher

    Licentiate Section I (Practical)

    $276

    LSPA Performer/Teacher

    Licentiate Section II (Written)

    $276

    LSPA Performer/Teacher

    Licentiate Section III (Dissertation)

    $276

    Drama and Communication

    Introductory

    $223

    Grade 1

    $236

    Grade 2

    $236

    Grade 3

    $251

    Grade 4

    $258

    Grade 5

    $267

    Grade 6

    $283

     

    AMEB Speech & Performance Theory exams

    Grade

    Description

    2022 Fee

    Grade 1

    Online or Written

    $79

    Grade 2

    Online or Written

    $81

    Grade 3

    Online or Written

    $85

    Grade 4

    Online or Written

    $90

    Grade 5

    Online or Written

    $95

    Grade 6

    Online or Written

    $100

    Grade 7

    Online or Written

    $115

  • Subjects

    Teachers should consult with parents and students to determine what what syllabus is the best fit for the student. The syllabuses are outlined below.


    Speech & Performance Practical

    (formerly Drama & Performance)

    Develop secure vocal technique, integrated physical response, and the skill to present texts in an imaginative and insightful way.

    This creative syllabus is designed to develop interpretative and performance skills across a broad spectrum of styles, genres and eras and are offered from Preliminary to Level 3 Diplomas for Teachers and Performers. Learning is encouraged through the exploration and interpretation of a diverse range of texts, and there is opportunity to demonstrate versatility by combining a number of performance skills in a single examination.

    Candidates will achieve secure vocal technique, integrated physical response and imaginative and insightful presentation of texts. They will develop the skills required for interpreting to audiences in a variety of performance spaces.

    Notes:

    • A list of Suggested Texts for each grade is printed at the end of the syllabus. However, the choice of texts rests with the candidate in response to the requirements in each grade. 
    • Time limits are stated for each exam requirement.
    • Links, where required, are statements devised and spoken by the candidate to creatively and meaningfully ensure cohesion and unity of prepared programs.  
    • Discussion with the examiner(s) is an essential part of all Speech and Performance exams.

    Voice & Communication

    Learn to read effectively, speak with clarity, and make presentations to a variety of audiences.

    Voice and Communication exams are designed to develop voice and communication skills both for everyday life and the professional sector and are offered from Preliminary to Associate (APCA).

    The exams begin at Preliminary for younger students who may wish to improve their English communication skills. More advanced grades cater for secondary and tertiary students or people working in the corporate sector or broader community. Advanced candidates benefit from completing the Certificate CVCA and the Associate Diploma in Professional Communication APCA, a recognised qualification in academic and industry spheres.  

    Candidates are examined individually and receive their own report grading and certificate even though they may present for their exam with a group. Members of a group provide support for each other and act as a springboard for discussion. 


    Drama & Communication

    Spread your wings, get creative, improvise and perform with others.

    Drama and Communication exams focus on the area of performing arts, and are offered from an Introductory grade through to Grade 6. The syllabus uses creative dynamics, which is an improvisational approach, and the exams are especially designed for ensemble work (groups of 2 or more), and should appeal to both classroom Drama teachers and Speech and Drama teachers working in a private studio.

    The program emphasises listening, concentration and movement alongside the art of drama and entertainment.


    Speech & Performance Theory

    Consolidate your understanding of dramatic performance, oral interpretation and spoken interaction, in a variety of communication situations.

    Speech and Performance Theory exams are an opportunity to show understanding of the functional framework of speech and performance and are offered from Grade 1 to Grade 7. The exams are designed to have relevance for a wide range of candidates, focusing on progressive consolidation of knowledge relating to dramatic performance, oral interpretation and spoken interaction in a variety of communication situations. 

    Students focus on the theory and analyse the functional framework of English communication, and explore linguistic tools, vocal modulation, the use of phonetic tools and the study of theatre and communication theory.

    Speech and Performance Theory students learn how to master communicating in the English language. Students focus on the theory and analyse the functional framework of English communication. Students explore linguistic tools, vocal modulation, the use of phonetic tools and the study of theatre and communication theory.

    This syllabus supports learning undertaken in the practical Speech and Drama subjects. 

    In higher grades, the syllabuses align as follows:

    • Grade 6 Speech and Performance, Voice and Communication, Drama and Performance all align with Grade 4 Speech and Performance Theory
    • Grade 7 Speech and Performance, Voice and Communication, Drama and Performance all align with Grade 5 Speech and Performance Theory
    • Grade 8 Speech and Performance, Voice and Communication, Drama and Performance all align with Grade 6 Speech and Performance Theory
    • CSPA, CVCA, CDPA practical certificates all align with Grade 7 Speech and Performance Theory
  • Qualifications

    Associate in Professional Communication, Australia APCA
    Certificate in Speech and Performance, Australia CSPA
    Associate in Speech and Performance, Australia ASPA
    Associate Diploma in Drama and Performance, Australia* ADPA
    Licentiate Diploma In Drama and Performance, Australia* LDPA
    Licentiate in Speech and Performance, Australia LSPA

    The following documents have been provided by the Federal office:

    *The syllabus supporting these qualifications has been withdrawn. However, candidates who commenced their ADPA or LDPA prior to 2021 are able to complete their diploma within the time frames outlined in Regulation 18.

  • Regulations

    Regulations pertaining to AMEB Speech & Drama exams are published in the current Manual of Syllabuses. 

    They are also available on the Federal office website.

  • Grading Descriptors

    The following criteria are to be used to measure a candidate achievement against the objectives for the level and the specific requirements for Preliminary to Certificate exams.

    HIGH DISTINCTION (A+)
    In addition to satisfying the criteria for the award of an A grading (below), the candidate demonstrates outstanding achievement in all areas of performance and preparation. For group exams the group demonstrates outstanding achievement in all areas of teamwork.

    HONOURS (A)
    The candidate demonstrates an overall superior level of achievement in terms of reading accuracy, rhythmic sense, stylistic insight, performing presence, audience awareness, and preparation of topics. For group exams the group demonstrates an overall superior level of achievement.

    CREDIT WITH MERIT  (B+)
    In addition to satisfying the criteria for the award of a B grading (below), the candidate demonstrates meritorious achievement against most criteria. For group reports, the group demonstrates meritorious achievement in group work.

    CREDIT (B)
    The candidate demonstrates an overall creditable level of achievement, with appropriate development of reading accuracy, rhythmic sense, stylistic insight, performing presence, audience awareness, and preparation of topics.  Some unevenness of achievement between these criteria, or different parts of the examination, may be apparent. For group reports, the group demonstrates an overall creditable level of achievement in group work.

    PASS WITH MERIT  (C+)
    In addition to satisfying the criterion for the award of a C grading (below), the candidate demonstrates more than adequate achievement against some of the criteria. For group reports, the group demonstrates more than adequate achievement in group work.

    PASS (C)
    The candidate demonstrates an overall adequate level of achievement in reading accuracy, rhythmic sense, stylistic insight, performing presence, audience awareness, and preparation of topics. Considerable unevenness in achievement between these criteria, or different parts of the examination, may be apparent. For group reports the group demonstrates an overall adequate level of achievement in group work.

    NOT SATISFACTORY (D)
    The candidate demonstrates an overall inadequate level of reading accuracy, rhythmic sense, stylistic insight, performing presence, audience awareness, and preparation of topics. Often this has resulted from deficiencies in preparation or a hesitant presentation evidencing technical errors and an inappropriate sense of style. In group exams, the group demonstrates an overall inadequate level of achievement in group work.

    UNABLE TO ASSESS (UA)
    Students receive this result when a significant or compulsory aspect of the grade and syllabus is not presented. The examiner is unable to provide a grading and a certificate cannot be issued.


    Associate Diploma (ASPA, ADPA AND APCA)

    AWARD WITH DISTINCTION
    The candidate must fulfil the criteria for a pass award (below) and in addition demonstrate outstanding achievement in all areas of performance and preparation.

    AWARD
    The candidate demonstrates an overall superior level of achievement in terms of stylistic insight, performing presence, audience awareness, reading accuracy, rhythmic sense and preparation of topics.

    NO AWARD
    The candidate demonstrates an overall inadequate level of achievement in terms of stylistic insight, performing presence, audience awareness, reading accuracy, rhythmic sense and preparation of topics.

    UNABLE TO ASSESS
    Unable to Assess will also result in No Award. Students will generally receive this result if a significant requirement or compulsory aspect of the syllabus is not met.

     
    Licentiate Diploma (LSPA and LDPA)

    AWARD WITH DISTINCTION
    The candidate must fulfil the criteria for a pass award (below) and in addition demonstrate outstanding achievement in all areas of performance and preparation.

    AWARD
    The candidate demonstrates an overall superior level of achievement in terms of stylistic insight, performing presence, audience awareness, reading accuracy, rhythmic sense and preparation of topics.

    NO AWARD
    The candidate demonstrates an overall inadequate level of achievement in terms of stylistic insight, performing presence, audience awareness, reading accuracy, rhythmic sense and preparation of topics.

    UNABLE TO ASSESS
    Unable to Assess will also result in No Award. Students will generally receive this result if a significant requirement or compulsory aspect of the syllabus is not met.

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AMEB delivers Rockschool exams and syllabuses in Australia.

Rockschool is a vibrant, contemporary music program of exams and globally recognised qualifications for electric guitar, bass, drums, vocals, piano, keys, acoustic guitar, ukulele and bands. Rockschool specialises in music of the most popular genres in a range of rock, pop, metal and funk styles.

The program offers comprehensive syllabuses and a range of exam support materials including grade books, companion guides, technical handbooks and backing tracks. These are regularly updated by musicians across the academic, music industry and live performance sectors to ensure the music remains current and authentic.

Rockschool entries are managed through AMEB SCORE.

Head to the AMEB Rockschool website to access syllabuses and find out all you need to know to get started, including some policies which apply in addition to AMEB SA & NT policies.

  • Enrolment fees

    Rockschool music practical exams

    Grade

    Description

    2022 Fee

    Let's Rock Premiere

     

    $100

    Debut

    Grade and Performance exams

    $121

    Grade 1

    Grade and Performance exams

    $158

    Grade 2

    Grade and Performance exams

    $163

    Grade 3

    Grade and Performance exams

    $173

    Grade 4

    Grade and Performance exams

    $189

    Grade 5

    Grade and Performance exams

    $200

    Grade 6

    Grade and Performance exams

    $215

    Grade 7

    Grade and Performance exams

    $226

    Grade 8

    Grade and Performance exams

    $236

    Professional Diploma DipRSL

     

    $580

    Professional Diploma LRSL

     

    $884

    Grade 3

    Rockschool Band exam

    $85 per candidate

    Grade 5

    Rockschool Band exam

    $90 per candidate

    Grade 8

    Rockschool Band exam

    $100 per candidate

  • Syllabuses

    Syllabuses are downloadable in PDF from the AMEB Rockschool website.

    • Acoustic Guitar
    • Electric Guitar
    • Drums
    • Bass
    • Piano
    • Keyboard
    • Vocals
    • Ukelele
    • Band Exams
    • Level 4 Professional Diploma in Music and Performing Arts
    • Level 6 Professional Diploma in Music and Performing Arts

    Rockschool PAA

    Rockschool has also released unique and industry-relevant qualifications in dance and musical theatre. Syllabuses are downloadable from the AMEB Rockschool website. Find out more.

    Syllabuses include:

  • Qualifications

    Professional Diplomas

    • DipRSL
    • LRSL 
  • Grading

    All Rockschool exams are marked out of 100

    • 60% Pass
    • 74% Merit (75% for Performance Exams)
    • 90% Distinction