Certified Cicerone® Exam Details

The Certified Cicerone exam consists of three parts: written exam, tasting exam, and a short demonstration. To pass, candidates must achieve a grade of 80% or more overall and a score of 70% or higher on the tasting portion.

Written Exam: The written exam begins with approximately 150 short answer/fill-in-the-blank questions that cover all five areas of the syllabus. In addition, candidates will complete three essay questions: one each in the areas of beer service, beer styles, and brewing ingredients/process.

Tasting Exam: The tasting exam consists of 12 samples divided into three sets of four. The first set covers off-flavor identification. Here you will be given a control sample and four unknowns.  Three of the unknowns will be spiked with a common beer off-flavor. Candidates must identify each sample giving the off-flavor name or stating that it is "same as control."  The second set of tasting samples covers style discrimination. For each of four beers you will be asked to tell whether it is more representative of style A or style B. The final set of samples assess your ability to judge beer acceptance. You will be told the brand name and style of the beer. You are told that a customer ordered this beer but doesn't think it tastes right. Your job is to determine whether the beer tastes good enough to serve. (Note: the four beer acceptance samples require more detailed answers and count for half of the total tasting exam points.)

Demonstration: Candidates will be given a question relating to an aspect of the beer keeping and service portion of the syllabus. They will also be given a relevant item with which to demonstrate their response to the question. Responses are limited to 3 minutes and are videotaped for later grading.

The complete exam takes approximately four hours to complete.

We have provided an example Certified Cicerone Exam for study reference.

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