Musical Aptitude Indicator (MAI)
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The SIM Musical Aptitude Indicator (MAI) has replaced the Arnold Bentley Measures Of Musical Abilities test that has been used for many years.
The Bentley test, while having served its purpose, has many flaws. The Musical Aptitude Indicator has been developed to address many of these flaws and has the following features:
The MAI is marked out of 40. There are 3 parts: Pitch (20 items), Rhythm (10 items) and Tunes (10 Items). It takes just under 17 minutes to complete.
It is important that the scores are not compared with previous Bentley test results. In particular, students will now usually score lower than expected on the pitch section because each item starts on a new pitch, where the Bentley test started each item at (approximately) 440hz.
There are no "A", "B" or "C" grades given. The MAI is not a standardised test and is to be used as a ranking tool only.
For further information contact the Library Technician at the School of Instrumental Music.