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Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas

Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas

We are inspired by your commitment to excellence, perseverance, courage, and talent within the hospitality industry. We hope your experience during the Sommelier Knowledge Assessment is both positive and invigorating. As we continue to improve standards of beverage knowledge and service in hotels and restaurants, we hope this assessment helps you focus on your professional and Court of Master Sommeliers certification goals.

For detailed information on the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas and the certification programs, please visit mastersommeliers.org.

Scheduling

The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas Sommelier Knowledge Assessment appointments at a Pearson VUE center must be made in advance and is subject to availability. The last day to take the Sommelier Knowledge Assessment at a Pearson VUE center is November 19, 2021. We strongly encourage that you schedule your assessment as soon as possible so as to avoid any unforeseen circumstances such as weather, vehicle or technical issues.

The time limit for the Sommelier Knowledge Assessment is 55 minutes, as noted on Pearson VUE web page. This reflects the total appointment time, including an NDA, exam time, and survey. Candidates should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment.

Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas Sommelier Knowledge Assessment

Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas Sommelier Knowledge Assessment is a component of the Court’s Advanced Sommelier Course and Advanced Sommelier Examination application process. Any candidate meeting the eligibility requirements will be afforded an equal opportunity to demonstrate their preparedness for the Advanced Sommelier Course or the Advanced Sommelier Examination.

The Sommelier Knowledge Assessment is composed of a timed, randomized set of questions designed to measure a candidate’s aptitude in all three areas of our curriculum: theory, tasting, and practical.

Acceptance into either the Advanced Sommelier Course or the Advanced Sommelier Exam will be solely determined by your score on the Sommelier Knowledge Assessment. The top-scoring 150 candidates who applied for the Advanced Sommelier Course will be accepted to participate in the program. The top-scoring 216 candidates that applied for the Advanced Sommelier Examination will qualify to sit in one of the three 2022 examinations. These figures correspond to the number of candidates we are able to accommodate at our Advanced programs in 2022. We will also maintain a waitlist for both Advanced programs.

All applicants will be informed of their overall percentile ranking in the Sommelier Knowledge Assessment to ensure transparency and to give perspective to your efforts.

Last updated 2021-09-16