Hi. I'm looking for advice on how to move forward from this set back. I just took the intro exam and failed. I felt that I had done enough to at least get a 60% or more. I guess I didn't. That's not the part I'm most upset about. I paid (like all of us did) the $595 for the course and test. When I didn't get called that I passed, I went to the MS and asked if I could at least know my score. All 4 that I had asked said that they weren't allowed to give me my results. I feel like the purpose of the course and hopefully the guilde is to promote wine knowledge and better prepare to sell and share wine. So how am I to know where I went wrong if I am not told. Just asking if this is common
It's tough. It's easy to get discouraged, especially in the beginning. Wondering why you're bothering with this at all has probably crossed you mind but it's a process and it's often the case that those who seem to sprint ahead hit a wall further on. A fellow who blew past me back way back when I started on the Introductory, has now attempted the Advanced four times now. Don't know if he'll continue with it. Another who stayed to a steady pace but was at the exact same level as me when starting is now one of the newest Masters.
No one wants to hear that it's all about breaking you down to be better but that's how it works unfortunately and as you move up each step, that one which drove you bonkers previously will seem like nothing. Stick with it, review the books more and try studying for the next level up. The new World Atlas of Wine is just arriving. Use that as you bible. If it helps, have a read of a piece I wrote up awhile back about the Introductory. https://www.hudin.com/court-of-master-sommeliers-level-1-introductory/