I'm taking the certified exam Tuesday morning in Buffalo. I've spent the past 4 months studying and working on blind tasting with a group. At this point I'm just spending the next 48 hours reviewing my 2,000 flashcards and thats about it. If anyone that has gone through this process before has any last minute advice, it would be greatly appreciated. To say my anxiety is through the roof would be a vast understatement.
A piece of advice that I was given before my exam that I thought really helped was spend the last 24 hours leading up to your exam doing anything completely unrelated to wine. Just have a normal day without studying. At this point this close to the exam you know what you know and not much will change if you spend that last day studying, I thought in retrospect it was great advice. The only other thing I did, and this is more of just my sort of silly superstitious advice, is the last thing I did before I walked out of the door to drive to the exam is set my dining room table with champagne glasses and practice service one last time before walking out the door. I literally did service with no one in the room and left the full glasses and the bottle on the table and walked out the door. Mostly just to get in the zone. Realistically the first piece of advice is probably much more helpful haha
Thank you David, but I don't think I have the confidence you had. One of my co workers told me the best thing to do is just enjoy the experience, pretty much what you said, but I cant. I don't know why, I think I'm just strung up too tight. But thank you for your advice. I honestly will try to take it. I came in from Cleveland earlier today to get settled in for the exam Tuesday, maybe I'll go see niagra falls to clear my mind a little bit tomorrow.
Tbh i was quite the opposite, I was right where you are, my anxiety was through the roof. Anxiety means you care though I think and it’s normal.I know exactly how you feel but I think you’ll find that once you get in there it’ll get better. It’s true you should try to enjoy it but I’m not gonna lie it’s also an extremely stressful day, but it will all be worth it in the end. Which reminds me of another piece of important advice, DO NOT walk out of the tasting and start talking to other people about what you called. I did that against the advice of others and found that I had called completely different things than everyone I talked to and I felt as though I had already failed and still had to wait 5 hours for my service and spent that whole time beating my self up. Turns out it was all unnecessary and I passed. Do yourself a favor and save yourself that unnecessary added stress