m trying to find information on this assessment test online. So far all I can find out is that it’s 55 minutes and “written”. I know this year is the first to have this done at a testing facility. In the past it was an online survey. Do we know if it’s pen and paper or on a computer? Anyone who has done the survey, do you have any information that would be helpful?
The assessment will be taken onscreen, and it consists primarily of multiple choice questions.
Matt Stamp MSApplication Committee Chair, CMS-A
I'm just wondering if it's things we should already know from Certified or if we need to do pre-studying and it's materials that would be on Advanced. Or if we are even allowed to know!
Advanced level knowledge.
Best advice is to prep for the course like it is the exam, and stay on that track.
I agree about the studying what you are studying for. I’m just not taking the advanced this year, this is strictly for the course for me. I would expect advanced level questions for sure. I just like knowing the format so I can practice with those time restraints so I don’t spend too much time on a question. Also, with digital it’s harder to go back to questions you are stuck on than pen and paper.
im really looking forward to the test regardless! Great motivation to not get dull.
In the past there is no going back the train only moves forward full steam ahead
Past exams have been very much a race against time, supposedly to deter researching answers. While of course there will be a time limit does anybody know if there will be a similar amount of time pressure to previous exams?
Ive taken it 4 times. Twice before I was accepted to sit the Advanced course, then 2 more times for each attempt at the exam. Its 10 minutes with about 45 questions which most people dont complete in the time limit. Last year I think I only managed to get through about 30 questions (still got accepted, and passed!) Much harder than anything at certified. Many questions are pictures of vineyards you are asked to identify, several are maps with no words or reference points, and there are always label questions that involve identifying specific wines, beers or spirits by label picture. You will also encounter service questions that are usually specific steps of service that need to be organized from first to last. The actual exam has a small multiple choice section but its mostly written answers. Its designed so that even if you get every multiple choice question correct its not enough to pass theory. You still need to correctly answer many written questions. At the exam I passed this July there were several candidates on their 6th attempt. Its not easy. Youll need at least 9 months of 20 hours per week (minimum) of study to really have a chance. Best of luck and enjoy the ride !
I would prepare for theory, service and questions on tasting. If you are hoping to get in for the course because you just passed certified still study advanced level because there will be a ton of people applying with few accepted to sit, and I'm sure the questions are harder than certified level. I passed advanced theory this year and I am studying hard for this application in order get accepted to sit again. Put the work in and good things will happen .