I am very nervous about taking the exam. I am two weeks out exactly from taking my exam. I have been studying like crazy but I feel like I still haven't studied enough. At times I feel that I am studying to much and at other times I feel like I am not studying enough. If anyone can please help ease my mind about taking the exam and what I should be trying to focus on. I would really appreciate any feedback!
If you've been studying like crazy you'll be fine! It's natural to feel that you haven't studied enough. The Masters presenting will give you a very quick overview of the world of wines so it's important for you to take notes during the presentation especially when they mention that a specific point is a very important one. Enjoy!
It's totally understandable that you are nervous and it's actually a really good sign as it's showing you really care about the process and want to succeed. As John mentions, take as many notes and pay attention as much as possible because you will really benefit from hearing the perspectives from multiple Masters. I'd also recommend reviewing the course book and reading our study guides here on Guildsomm which will give you the confidence to be calm and focused, allowing you to have fun with the whole process rather than feeling stressed. I still remember my Intro with fond memories, not scary ones, and when it's all over I bet you will too.
Best of luck!
Same here about to take the exam, not know if it is enough, or will it ever be enough..
Thank you! I am hoping to have great memories from it!
Alexandra - you'll likely do much better than you think. The masters give lots of hints during the 2-day review. My advice is to be positive and eat and sleep well. Embrace the nerves...try to think of them as excitement, not anxiety. Tell yourself and others that you're excited! Study a little every day until the exam and I'm sure you'll do great. I passed it in 2013 at the first attempt but will be taking it again next weekend because I didn't take the certified within 3 years. I'm actually really looking forward to it. It's a brilliant opportunity to learn from masters, especially the deductive tasting parts. I know it's more difficult the first time around but try to enjoy it!
Hey there. I’m taking the test in a week and I’m wondering the same. Been studying a lot but think I’m forgetting a lot. Is there practice exams anywhere besides the ones at the bed of each section? Just the level one test is what I’m taking.
Hey Patti, So I have been using the ones at the ends of the chapters in the workbook as well, which I have heard are the best to use. I also use the 10question quiz's here on GuildSomm, If you go to Essentials, then to Study Guides, you can select a country or topic, and under each topic you will see review quiz's. I have also been using these a lot and they have helped. The only hard part with taking the quiz's on here is that the study guides on here are more in-depth then the Introductory workbook, so some of the questions that they ask you may not have learned from the workbook.
I am feeling the same way with you about feeling like I am studying non stop but there is so much to learn that I feel like I am not remembering it all. I have made flash cards for each region and been studying a different Country each day. I also downloaded the GuildSomm app to be able to take the quiz's on my phone so I can study all day. I take my test in two days so I am hoping all this studying will pay off.
I don't know of any practice exams but I think if you consistently know about 80% of the intro workbook questions then you'll pass the exam with flying colors. The GuildSomm beginner review questions are very helpful too, though a bit more advanced than what's required. Focus on the workbook content, especially regions, sub-regions and associated grape varietals.
Best of luck to you both!
Agree 100 percent with everything already said. Nerves means you care, which most likely means you studied hard. Know the intro book through and through and you will be golden. Then at the two day course you can sit back, pay attention, and treat it as one giant review. And when the masters say something is important, star it, circle it, highlight it whatever works for you. All in all, if you go into the two day course knowing that intro book you will undoubtedly pass. And then you can sit back and enjoy the experience. Try to have fun!
Anyone else curious how it turned out?
So after the crazy two days of stressing in the class and learning a ton of awesome knowledge, I passed!
Be prepared to work through the tasting grid out loud during the lectures. It isn't just note-taking.