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.