Regarding the Advanced Knowledge Assessment

I am in a moral dilemma, and I wanted to get feedback from this community.

My fiancee and I both just took the Advanced Sommelier Exam last week in Portland for the first time and did not pass. We knew going into it that passing would be difficult, but we both are very excited to try again in the future, now that we know what it's like.

That said, we are not planning to try to sit again until 2021, due to wedding planning all next year. My dilemma is that now that the CMS changed how to apply and who gets into the Advanced Exam, would it be wrong of me to sign up to take the Knowledge Assessment to gauge where I am in my studies, knowing full well I am NOT going to take the exam next year and that if I were offered a spot, I would decline it?

I'd like to get some thoughts on this matter. Thank you. 

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  • That’s always been conventional wisdom, but the new rules appear to be black and white. Everyone is weighted on their performance on the assessment as the only qualifier. If that’s not true, then there is still a veiled back channel that we’re not privy to. As with all of these similar posts, an email to the CMS will get you actual answers vs speculation here. 

    I see no moral issue with this at all, since the people you score higher than you move up when you decline. It seems to me to be wasteful since it will cost you $100 and you literally just got to gauge where your studies are versus the actual exam- which is far more telling than the assessment.