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The Comprehensive Exam

The traditional Comprehensive syllabus provides a framework for the progressive development of a wide range of musical and technical skills, over a series of grades and diplomas from beginner to expert level. Technical, aural and sight-reading skills are acquired in a sequential way; and students gain a theoretical understanding of the works being studied and their historical context. Repertoire is carefully selected by experts to suit the needs of students at their particular stage of development; and to promote growth in musical understanding and artistry in performance.

The Repertoire Exam

The Repertoire exam might suit students whose program for developing technical, aural or sight-reading skills does not align with the requirements of a particular Grade in the AMEB Comprehensive syllabus. Candidates can present for an AMEB assessment with only repertoire performance requirements, using works selected from the AMEB Lists for the Grade along with an Own Choice option. Typically, compared with the Comprehensive exam, the Repertoire exam requires an additional work to be presented. There are no Technical Work, Aural Test, Sight-reading or General Knowledge requirements for a Repertoire exam.

In 2024, students have the option of recording their Repertoire exam performance and submitting a video for assessment at any time between 1 April and 28 November (enrolments close 19 September).

To enrol for a Video Repertoire examination on AMEB Connect: 1) select Series 60 Video Examinations; 2) Select the Syllabus and Grade. Each Video Repertoire exam subject code is prefixed by the letter ‘V’ to indicate an examination via video submission.

The requirements of a video Repertoire exam are the same as the requirements for a face-to-face Repertoire exam, as published in the current year’s syllabus.

Read more about recording a video exam performance, video exam enrolment and video submission.

Associate and Licentiate practical examinations

New guidelines regarding General Knowledge and Repeats for Level 3 (Associate and Licentiate) diploma exams apply from 2019. Refer to General Requirements and Level 3, Associate and Licentiate descriptions in the syllabus for further details. <Read important information for Associate and Licentiate candidates>

Examination requirements

It is essential that teachers and candidates consult the current year’s syllabus for details of AMEB examination requirements and note the applicable regulations, which are amended from time to time. The Manual of Syllabuses (Music Syllabuses) is available for purchase in the traditional hard copy format or as a digital file (PDF); and digital syllabuses are available for individual instruments and instrument families. <Read more about purchasing syllabuses>

Performance Evaluation by video or face-to-face

For students whose learning program does not suit an AMEB Comprehensive or Repertoire examination, AMEB Victoria offers a Performance Evaluation Program. The content of the Evaluation is customised to the needs of the student at the time. In-person Performance Evaluations are available in durations of 10, 20 and 30 minutes and are usually scheduled alongside AMEB Comprehensive and Repertoire examinations.

Students now have the option of recording their performance and submitting a video for evaluation at any time between 1 April and 28 November. Enrollers select Series 60 – Video Exams and enter the candidate for a 10-minute, 20-minute or 30-minute Performance Evaluation (Video), as required. <Read more about Performance Evaluation>

Teacher Consultation

A teacher may register for a 30-minute personal consultation with an AMEB Examiner. <Find out more about Teacher Consultation>

Support Materials

AMEB produces a range of publications to support teaching and learning in most instruments (as listed below). Supplementary materials are available to support the development of aural skills, theoretical knowledge, etc. <Click to read more about general publications>

Enrolling for face-to-face examinations, evaluations and consultations

Examinations, evaluations and teacher consultations for Singing, Singing for Leisure and Musical Theatre are offered in five Metropolitan Practical Sessions and two Regional Practical Sessions.

Diploma examinations are held at the AMEB Studios in Hawthorn: Associate examinations are available in each of the five Metropolitan Practical Sessions; Licentiate examinations are offered in late-June and late-September. Click here for enrolment dates >

AMEB examinations and evaluations in Voice are conducted by examiners who are specialists in their field.

Consultation and Performance Evaluation Subject Numbers and Fees 2024
2006Voice Teacher Consultation$76.00
11110Voice Performance Evaluation 10min$45.00
11120Voice Performance Evaluation 20min$92.00
11130Voice Performance Evaluation 30min$137.00
11140Voice Perf. Evaluation (Video) 10min$45.00
11145Voice Perf. Evaluation (Video) 20min$92.00
11150Voice Perf. Evaluation (Video) 30min$137.00



Singing Series 2 Grade Books, High and Low/Medium (Preliminary — Fourth Grade)
Singing Technical Work Level 2 (2010)
Singing Sight-Reading (2010)

Singing Subject Numbers and Fees 2024
2010Comprehensive Preliminary$102.00
2011Comprehensive Grade 1 $110.00
2012Comprehensive Grade 2$117.00
2013Comprehensive Grade 3$130.00
2014Comprehensive Grade 4$138.00
2015Comprehensive Grade 5$147.00
2016Comprehensive Grade 6$166.00
2017Comprehensive Grade 7$197.00
2018Comprehensive Grade 8$227.00
6210Repertoire Preliminary$102.00
6211Repertoire Grade 1$110.00
6212Repertoire Grade 2$117.00
6213Repertoire Grade 3$130.00
6214Repertoire Grade 4$138.00
6215Repertoire Grade 5$147.00
6216Repertoire Grade 6$166.00
6217Repertoire Grade 7$197.00
6218Repertoire Grade 8$227.00
2019Certificate of Performance$253.00
2020Associate in Music$400.00
2021Licentiate in Music$515.00

Singing for Leisure

Comprehensive and Repertoire exam options


Singing for Leisure Series 1 Grade Books, High and Low (Preliminary – Grade 4)
Singing Technical Work Book (1998 revised)
Singing Sight-Reading (2010)

Singing for Leisure Subject Numbers and Fees 2024
1840Comprehensive Preliminary$102.00
1841Comprehensive Grade 1$110.00
1842Comprehensive Grade 2$117.00
1843Comprehensive Grade 3$130.00
1844Comprehensive Grade 4$138.00
1845Comprehensive Grade 5$147.00
1846Comprehensive Grade 6$166.00
1847Comprehensive Grade 7$197.00
1848Comprehensive Grade 8$227.00
1849Certificate of Performance $253.00
6270Repertoire Preliminary$102.00
6271Repertoire Grade 1$110.00
6272Repertoire Grade 2$117.00
6273Repertoire Grade 3$130.00
6274Repertoire Grade 4$138.00
6275Repertoire Grade 5$147.00
6276Repertoire Grade 6$166.00
6277Repertoire Grade 7$197.00
6278Repertoire Grade 8$227.00

Musical Theatre

Over 40 recent works have been added to the Musical Theatre Manual lists (across Grades 2 to Associate).


Musical Theatre Series 1 Grade Books (Preliminary – Grade 2) (2015)
Musical Theatre Series 1 Grade Books, Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Editions (Grades 3 and 4) (2015)
Musical Theatre Technical Work (2015)
Musical Theatre Sight-reading (2015)
Musical Theatre Series 1 Recorded Accompaniments (Preliminary – Grade 3) (2015)

Musical Theatre Subject Numbers and Fees 2024
4200Comprehensive Preliminary$102.00
4201Comprehensive Grade 1 $110.00
4202Comprehensive Grade 2$117.00
4203Comprehensive Grade 3$130.00
4204Comprehensive Grade 4$138.00
4205Comprehensive Grade 5$147.00
4206Comprehensive Grade 6$166.00
4207Comprehensive Grade 7$197.00
4208Comprehensive Grade 8$227.00
6220Repertoire Preliminary$102.00
6221Repertoire Grade 1$110.00
6222Repertoire Grade 2$117.00
6223Repertoire Grade 3$130.00
6224Repertoire Grade 4$138.00
6225Repertoire Grade 5$147.00
6226Repertoire Grade 6$166.00
6227Repertoire Grade 7$197.00
6228Repertoire Grade 8$227.00
4209Certificate of Performance$253.00
4210Associate in Music$400.00
4211Licentiate in Music$515.00

All prices are in Australian dollars and include GST.