The VMTA Keyboard Skills Test emphasizes technical development. These tests cover Primer through Level 12 of scales, chords, cadences and arpeggios to be performed at specific metronome markings. All material for the test must be memorized. Students may enter the program at any level. They may take two levels a year up to Level 8, and may skip levels at the teacher's discretion. All students who pass or score higher will receive a certificate of participation, with ribbons given for superior, excellent and very good.