Elementary Aural Skills Placement Examination
This examination tests general knowledge and skills in the area of
aural skills. The actual exam must be completed within 30 minutes and
will be graded with PASS or FAIL. For this practice exam, you may play
each example as many times as you wish. In the
actual exam, each
will only be played five times. Click
the "Play Example" button
to hear the audio. Download and print the sample
answer sheet to mark your answers. After you have
completed each example, click the "Reveal
to check your work.
General Study Suggestions
- Horvit, Koozin, Nelson. Music for Ear Training, 2nd edition.
Thomson Schirmer, 2005. (includes accompanying workbook and CD rom
for dictation). This is a very useful resource, and can provide direct
practice for dictation via the CD rom. Certain exercises allow the
answers to be revealed so that you can check your
- Ottman, Robert W. Music for Sight Singing, 6th edition. Pearson
- Lars, Edlund. Modus Novus: Studies in Reading Atonal Melodies. Nordiska musikfhorlaget, 1964.
Notate as precisely as possible the rhythm and pitch of the melody
played. Before the example begins, you will hear a I-IV-V-I progression
to establish the key. The starting pitch
has been given.
A progression of chords in 4-part style will be played. Notate the
soprano line and the bass line, and give a complete Roman-Numeral analysis,
including chord quality, inversion, and labeling of non-harmonic tones,
if any. Before the example begins, you will hear an arpeggiation of
the first chord. The starting soprano and bass notes have been given.
Three separate atonal fragments will be played (5 listenings each).
Notate the precise pitches of each. The starting pitch of each fragment
has been given.