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.
I don't see a moral dilemma, since if you decline a spot it will go to someone else. I agree with Jeremy that having taken the exam itself is a far better measure of your preparedness than anything else.
Also, if you were offered a spot, you may change your mind and choose to go for it. Everyone has to make the decision for themselves whether they are able to put in the work & sacrifice necessary to pass the Advanced exam, but there's a chance you could find a way to balance studies with wedding planning. This year I got married in the midst of the MS exam (after Theory & before Tasting & Practical). While I wouldn't suggest that's what everyone should do, I realized that life isn't going to slow down and I only get one shot a year at this test.
Good luck on whichever path you choose to take & congratulations on the engagement!