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Supporting Tests

In addition to playing/singing their pieces and performing technical work, candidates take two supporting tests.

Details of the test choices can be found on the Exam Structure page.

We offer a number of resources to help teachers and candidates prepare for this section of the examination:

Aural

Aural Parameters

Trinity College London Aural Tests from 2007 offers explanations, sample answers and advice on completing the Aural section of the exam.

It is published in two volumes: Initial to Grade 5 and Grade 6 to Grade 8. Each volume includes a CD containing sample tests.

These books are still valid for the current syllabuses and are available to purchase from your local music shop or from the Trinity shop.

Additional free guidance documents are available to download as follows:

 

Sight Reading

The parameters for sight reading for each grade are outlined at the front of each syllabus. Please check these carefully whilst preparing for the exam.

The Sound at Sight series gives full instructions and practice materials for preparation for the sight reading tests for each instrument and each grade.

These books are available to purchase from your local music shop or from the Trinity shop

Percussion and additional Drum Kit Sight Reading examples can be obtained from www.sightreadingcentral.co.uk

 

Improvisation

The parameters for Improvisation for each grade are outlined at the front of each syllabus. Please check these carefully whilst preparing for the exam.

We also offer free guidance and sample stimuli to download:

For more information on the Improvisation test click here to visit our online learning platform and begin our interactive guide to the supporting tests.

 

Musical Knowledge

Musical Knowledge is only available to candidates up to and including Grade 5. Please check the Exam Structure for further details.

Musical Knowledge Parameters

Musical Knowledge Guidance

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