Attending an examination


Care and supervision of candidates

Parents/guardians are responsible for the care and supervision of candidates younger than 18 years of age at all times during attendance at and travel to and from the examination venue. This includes authorising and making any arrangements for a responsible adult other than the parent/guardian to supervise on their behalf if they wish (for example the enrolling teacher).

Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) staff may give direction to candidates attending the venue to facilitate the conduct of examinations or other services.

AMEB staff may direct a person to leave the premises at any stage if they are concerned that it is in the interests of the safety or wellbeing of the person or others, and/or the proper conduct of AMEB business.

All AMEB Queensland staff hold current Blue Cards or exemption from holding Blue Card registration pursuant to the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000.

Attendance at practical examinations

Candidates should arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the examination start time and must be ready to start their examination as notified and scheduled. Numerous exams are scheduled in a block, so turning up late has an effect on all candidates and examiners.

Failure to attend on time may result in the candidate forfeiting their examination. A transfer fee will apply to reschedule the examination.

In the event that a candidate misses their scheduled exam and it cannot be rescheduled in the same calendar year, they forfeit their original enrolment fee and will need to submit a new enrolment form and pay the enrolment fee in the next examining year.

Attendance at written examinations

Candidates should arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the examination and must be ready to start the examination on time.

Candidates are not permitted to leave the examination room within the first hour of the examinations. After the first hour, candidates may leave the examination room, but will not be allowed to return.

Parents, guardians and/or the relevant responsible adult should instruct candidates younger than 18 years to remain in the examination room until the scheduled completion time of the examination, unless arrangements have been made for their care and supervision earlier.

Practice sessions for Grade 8 and diploma examinations—Ashgrove studios

A practice session is only available for Grade 8 and diploma candidates and is subject to room availability. Please contact the office to schedule practice times. Available studios can be used free of charge for the first hour then at a $30 per hour rate thereafter. Candidates may not always be able to practice in the room they will be examined in.

Preparing for an exam

It is the responsibility of the candidate, teacher and/or parent to be aware of all the syllabus requirements for the exam. This includes having instruments and materials prepared accordingly and ready for performance prior to entering the examination room.

Examiners and supervisors cannot assist with preparing instruments (unless stipulated otherwise in the syllabus) or rectify any non-compliance with the syllabus.

Pre-examination warm-up

Where facilities allow and time permits, candidates may use facilities for 5 minutes to warm-up pre-examination.

Enrollers and candidates should note that warm-up rooms are not always available prior to examinations held at AMEB (Qld) Ashgrove-based studios, nor are they guaranteed in other locations. Candidates sitting an examination in a regional location are strongly encouraged to make final preparations at home before travelling to the examination venue.


In general, the Copyright Act prohibits the use of photocopied music. Photocopies should not be used by candidates in AMEB examinations, unless an exception to copyright applies, or the relevant music publisher has granted permission for the candidate to make a copy. Candidates are permitted to use photocopies for ease of page turning, however the original version of the score, from which the copy was made, must be in the examination room with the candidate.

In some circumstances, a copy of music may be required for use by the examiner. In these cases, if performing from memory, candidates should provide a published edition of the music to the examiner. Diploma candidates must supply a copy of their music to the examiner.

If you are unsure of the provisions of the Copyright Act please refer to the Guide to Music Copyright for Australian Educators on the Australasian Performing Right Association/Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (APRA/AMCOS) website or contact APRA/AMCOS on 1300 852 388 or

Proof of identification

All candidates sitting exams for Grade 8 and above must present photographic identification to the AMEB supervisors.

Identification options are:

  • school identification cards
  • university student cards
  • passports
  • driver's licences.

If photographic identification is not provided on the day of the exam, candidates are required to bring the identification in person to the AMEB state office within 48 hours of the exam. Exam results will be withheld if identification is not provided.

Candidates who present without photographic identification in regional areas must send a certified copy of their identification to AMEB Qld within 48 hours of sitting the exam. AMEB Qld will withhold results until receipt of relevant identification.

Use of electronic or digital devices or resources

It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that all of their own equipment is in working order and all resources ready to go for the start of their exam when scheduled.

It is strongly suggested prior to attendance at the venue that candidates check/test that any devices or electronic or digital resources are working as intended, and where relevant, are compatible with any AMEB requirements. This applies, for example, to laptops, tablets, PowerPoint presentations, speakers, recordings or supporting resources of any type.

Candidates should ensure they are very familiar with the equipment and know how to troubleshoot common issues to avoid delays in presentation.

It is not the role of AMEB supervisors or examiners to provide IT support.

Recorded accompaniments

Accompaniment is required wherever the pieces presented are provided with piano accompaniments, with the exception of extra list pieces (please refer to 'Accompanist' on page xii in the general requirements Practical examinations section of the current 2019 Manual of Syllabuses). This should be checked with the retailer at the time of purchase of the solo part.

Voice and all instrumental subjects (other than piano, accordion, organ, harp and classical guitar) are to be accompanied. Where AMEB recorded accompaniments are available, candidates may perform with those recordings in their examination as an alternative to using an accompanist.

Note: It is the candidate's responsibility to provide and operate suitable equipment for the examination.

Please be mindful of your candidate's age and technical ability when using recorded accompaniments. Equipment should be tested prior to the examination day to ensure it works. Please ensure speakers are of good quality to ensure the accompaniment is audible to the examiner.

Candidates should refer to the foreword of the relevant instrumental syllabus in the annual Manual of Syllabuses for further information on recorded accompaniments for their instrument.

Where candidates are performing with recorded accompaniments in an examination, they must use the '100%' or 'performance' tempo.

Extra lists may be performed unaccompanied, even if written with accompaniment.

Recording examinations

AMEB does not record examinations for a number of reasons, including equity across regions, access issues and expense. Candidates are not permitted to film or record their own examinations.

Last updated 22 November 2019