Student Achievement Testing (SAT)

The Student Achievement Test (SAT) is an opportunity for students provided by the Michigan Music Teachers Association (MMTA) and its local chapters. The program promotes comprehensive musicianship, helping students and teachers to set goals and measure progress across their years of study. It is available to Michigan students K through 12 studying with an MMTA member teacher.

The SAT consists of five major parts:

Students can enter at any level from Level 1A to Level 12. All five (5) modules are taken at the same level.



Three (3) pieces representing the student’s level and ability, chosen by the teacher and student




A written exam, including note writing, rhythm, and a short music excerpt analysis




A short music excerpt is played by the student.  Transposition and harmonizing are also included




An assessment of piano skills including scales, arpeggios, intervals, and rhythm



Aural Skills


A listening exam consisting of intervals, modes, and rhythm. Students also play back a melody they hear.

Schedule and Location

Dedicated MMTA members and adjudicators make this test available in locations throughout the state of Michigan, usually from the end of February until the end of March.

For the Ann Arbor Area, the test will be administered over three weekends:  The first weekend will cover Technique and Sight-reading exams.  The second weekend is reserved for Aural Awareness and the third weekend is designated for Performance at the Music Department of EMU University, Alexander Building.  Theory is done on the student’s own time.

Every effort has been made to make this program as inexpensive and widely accessible as possible. The registering fee for testing through AAAPTG is $40.00 for Levels 1 – 7 and $45.00 for levels 8 – 12.

2023 AAAPTG SAT Information

  • Performance and Theory:  March 4-5, 2023 at Eastern Michigan University (in-person)
  • Technique Assessments:  February 17-19. 2023 via Zoom
  • Aural Awareness Assessments: February 25-26, 2023 via Zoom
  • Registration Deadline: January 16, 2023
  • For teachers:  Click here to enter Leggiero Registration System
  • Levels 1- 7: $40
  • Levels 8-12: $45
  • For information on the SAT Handbook (2018) please click here.
  • *Teachers and students may opt to continue their performance experience by participating in the Eastern District Semi-finals.  Please refer to the SAT Handbook for level, age, and SAT scoring requirements.  

For a printable map of Eastern Michigan’s Alexander Building, click here.

For a printable SAT digital release form (to authorize legally downloaded sheet music), click here.