Written & Online exams
AMEB offers graded written examinations in three subject areas: Theory of Music, Music Craft and Musicianship. These subjects cover the theoretical aspects of music, complementing and enriching students' practical studies.
What's the difference?
Candidates can select from three syllabuses: Theory of Music, Music Craft and Musicianship. Music Craft includes an aural component throughout the syllabus while Musicianship includes an aural component from Fourth Grade onwards. Theory of Music does not include an aural component. For exam preparation, student/teacher workbooks are available for Music Craft here and online courses are available for Theory of Music here. For more information, see the relevant syllabus in the Manual of Syllabuses.
Candidates can now complete exams in Theory of Music, Musicianship and Music Craft online. Students can do a written exam at any time or place where there is a computer, an internet connection and appropriate supervision.
Exams available online:
THEORY OF MUSIC
|Preliminary||First grade||Grade 1|
|Grade 1||Second grade||Grade 2|
|Grade 2||Third grade||Grade 3*|
|Grade 3*||Fourth grade*||Grade 4*|
|Grade 4*||Fifth grade*||Grade 5*|
|Sixth grade*||Grade 6*|
* manually marked exams
More written exams will become available online over time.
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.
Unlimited practice exams
Each exam comes with unlimited practice exams for the student to complete at any time up to a year after the exam is purchased. Candidates can use these to do as much preparation as they wish before sitting the official exam online.
Results for most online exams are available immediately and candidates can review their results against the correct answers. Higher-level exams are manually marked by a panel of AMEB examiners, with results available within 3-4 business days.
Online tutorials & support
As with all other AMEB exams, certificates are mailed out soon after the completion of the exams. 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.
How to get started
1. Go to the AMEB Online Exam Centre.
2. Parents, Teachers and Adult learners, click 'Register' on the left side.
3. Complete registration with your details and create a username and password for yourself.
4. Login to the AMEB Online Exam Centre by clicking on 'Account holders' in the left sidebar and entering your username and password.
5. Click 'Buy exam' on left sidebar and fill in student's details.
6. After purchase, you will be emailed an exam key and password for the student to use to login.
7. Student can go to the AMEB Online Exam Centre and login by clicking 'Candidates' in the left sidebar and entering their exam key and password.
Please note: Your login details for the Online Exam Centre will only work at www.amebexams.edu.au
Traditional Written Exams
Candidates may complete written exams in the traditional format. These examinations are held throughout the year in many locations across Australia. Successful candidates will receive an official certificate recognising their achievement via mail. For more information on enrolment, exam dates and locations, contact your local AMEB State Office.
Candidates can now prepare for AMEB Theory of Music exams with AMEB interactive online courses. Students complete lessons and tests on a computer at their own pace and there are optional tools for teachers to support and manage their students' learning. At the end of a course students will have covered all the relevant material and be prepared to sit an AMEB Theory of Music exam. Learn more
Past Exam papers
You can purchase past Theory of Music and Musicianship papers (traditional format) from our Online Music Shop. These are digital downloads and can be accessed immediately after purchase. The aural recordings that accompany Musicianship and Music Craft aural exams are available from digital music outlets such as iTunes, Amazon, eMusic and Spotify.
Examinations conducted by highly trained examiners who are specialists in their field. Each candidate who completes an AMEB exam receives a personal written report from their examiner.
For practical examinations from Grade 6 upwards, an additional written examination is required to gain your certificate. For diploma level written exams, an additional practical examination is required. In the case of these examinations, the additional requirement need not be completed before the principal examination, but until both the principal examination and the additional requirement are passed, the examination is incomplete, and no certificate will be awarded. It is the responsibility of the candidate to give notification as to the date of passing this additional requirement, and the centre at which such examination was held. Learn more
AMEB additional requirement
|G6 Practical||Pass, G2 Theory of Music or Musicianship or Music Craft|
|G7 Practical||Pass, G3 Theory of Music or Musicianship or Music Craft|
|G8 Practical||Pass, G4 Theory of Music or Musicianship or Music Craft|
|AMusA Practical||Pass, G5 Theory of Music or Musicianship or Music Craft|
|LMusA Practical||Pass, G6 Theory of Music or Musicianship or Music Craft|
|AMusA Musicianship||Pass, G5 Practical|
|AMusA Theory of Music||Pass, G5 Practical|
|LMusA Theory of Music||Pass, G6 Practical|