Sunday, June 17, 2012

The BJCP entrance Exam

My friend James convinced me to look into the BJCP entrance exam in order to, one day, become a certified BJCP judge, which is a recognized and certified person who judges other people's beer. It is something I have been wanting to get into for a while now. Free entry to beer festivals, tasting a lot of great beer (and some bad) for free, meeting new and interesting people, and having the fate of people's hopes and dreams in my snide authoritarian grasp.

So tonight I took a 20 question practice exam and I passed it, which surprised me. My wife routinely allows me time like this so that I may indulge in my beer obsession, after all it's Father's Day. I downloaded the BJCP exam study guide and read the judging portions, which I know nothing about, and decided to take the exam. I figured, It's only $10.00 so what the heck.

200 questions in 60 minutes. At the 30 minute mark I was on question 85 or so. Right then and there I knew there was no way I was going to finish in time. I actually had about 4 or 5 unanswered questions out of the 85. so I picked it up and wasn't even reading all of the multiple choice answers and going with the first one that sounded correct. The true/false questions I partially read, because, what the hell, it's 50/50. At one point I was internally talking myself out of it, like "this is stupid, why am I even taking this test?  I'll never finish it and never take the damn thing again. I don't even care about judging beer."

So I hit question 200 with 3.3 minutes to spare. The summary link gave me a list of numbers that represent the questions. Green numbers are answered while red numbers are not. 6 or so unanswered questions. I knock them out with 1 minute 15 to spare. I hit submit:

I am now a BJCP provisional judge, which means I will need to take the BJCP Beer Tasting Examination, and that consists of completing score sheets for six beers served at 15 minute intervals, before I become a real certified judge.

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