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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.

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The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas Sommelier Knowledge Assessment (SKA) appointment at a Pearson VUE center must be made in advance and is subject to availability. Scheduling is open in the Pearson VUE website from November 7, 2022 through November 21, 2022. The first day to take the Sommelier Knowledge Assessment at a Pearson VUE center is Thursday, December 1, 2022 and the last day is Thursday, December 15, 2022. We strongly encourage that you schedule your assessment as soon as possible to accommodate any unforeseen circumstances such as weather, vehicle or technical issues.

The time limit for the Sommelier Knowledge Assessment is 55 minutes, as noted on the Pearson VUE web page. This reflects the total appointment time, including a Non-Disclosure Agreement, SKA Assessment time, and survey. Students 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 (SKA) is a component of the Court’s Advanced Sommelier Course application process. Any candidate meeting the eligibility requirements will be afforded the opportunity to demonstrate their preparedness for the Advanced Sommelier Course.

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.

In 2023 we will expand the capacity of the Advanced Sommelier Course from 150 to 200 seats and expand the metrics as to how we allocate seats to include not only a candidates’ performance on the SKA but also to include additional factors for inclusion of underrepresented communities. Our aim is to encourage unique perspectives, promote a more inclusive dialogue, and serve as a more accurate representation of the make-up of the hospitality industry as a whole.

All applicants will be informed of their overall score in the Sommelier Knowledge Assessment to ensure transparency and to give perspective to your efforts. Scores will be available in early January 2023.

Last updated 2022-10-04