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
Firstly, congratulations for taking the shot at the intro exam!
Some words of encouragement for you...
Although you didn't achieve the result you had wished for on the intro exam, you learned so much. John Szabo, MS, said it well a few years ago when we were taking our Certified exams; "you should all commend yourself for being vulnerable and taking the exam. No one has passed or failed, you've learned and will only be better the next time you step up and take a shot or walk out on the floor".
We're all brothers and sisters in arms in this field we find ourselves in. The entire Court model, IMHO, is based on mentor ship. Find a group of people where ever you can and journey together, even better if you have members who are at all different levels of the CMS. Next, now having perspective, set a massive goal for yourself - I'm going to go back and get top honors. Map out a game plan and hit the books hard, you will surely accomplish this goal.
Personally, I always give the advice that you are not simply trying to beat a test, the test is merely a stepping stone. The process prepares you to be a well rounded service rock star and empower all of your peers around you to do the same. All you'll be doing next exam is going to pick up your pin.
If you ever have any questions in your journey feel free to reach out to me at anytime.
Go get it!