Advanced Cicerone® FAQ

Q: What are the prerequisites for the Advanced Cicerone® Exam?
A: Registrants must of legal drinking age and have passed the Certified Cicerone® Exam.

Q: How much does the Advanced Cicerone® exam cost?
A:  First-Time/Initial Test: $795; Retake tasting: $250; Retake written: $375.

Q: How do I study for the exam?
A: This is a challenging exam which requires substantial preparation. Use the Advanced Cicerone® Syllabus to guide your preparations. 

Q: What is the format of the exam?
A: Candidates for Advanced Cicerone® will participate in a day-long examination that includes multiple written, oral, and tasting components. The written component will consist of questions in various formats from multiple choice to fill-in-the-blank and essays where extensive knowledge will be tested. An oral examination will be conducted involving hands-on presentation of beer knowledge in various formats. Taste assessments will include a significant range of off flavors, blind assessment of beer styles, and descriptive profiles of multiple beers. 

Q: What is a passing score on the Advanced Cicerone exam?
A: A grade of 80% overall and at least 75% on the tasting portion are required to pass.

Q: When will the Advanced Cicerone Exam be held?
A: The Advanced Cicerone exam is typically held twice a year in Chicago and on both coasts of the United States. International dates are also sometimes announced; check the Advanced Cicerone page for the most up-to-date schedule.

Q: How do I register for the Advanced Cicerone Exam?
A: After passing the Certified Cicerone exam you will be eligible to register for the Advanced Cicerone exam. Log in to your account and navigate to the Advanced Cicerone exam page. Select a date from the drop-down list to register and proceed through checkout. 


Q: How will retakes of the Advanced Cicerone Exam be handled?
A: Individuals who do not pass the written portion of the Advanced Cicerone exam will be allowed to retake the written exam again starting six months after the date of their most recent exam. There is no required waiting period between retakes of the tasting portion of the Advanced Cicerone exam. All portions of the exam must be passed within a three year period.

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