Q: What are the pre-requisites for the Master Cicerone® Exam?

A: Starting in 2018, registrants must have passed the Advanced Cicerone® exam. Registrants must be of legal drinking age.

Q: How much does the Master Cicerone® exam cost?

A:  First time exam: $995. Exam Retake: $796. Exam fees are non-refundable

Q: How do I study for the exam?

A: This is an extremely challenging exam which requires substantial preparation. Use the Master Cicerone® Syllabus to guide your preparations. 

Q: What is the format of the exam?

A: Candidates for Master Cicerone® will participate in a two-day examination that includes multiple written, oral and tasting components. The written component will consist of essay questions where candidates demonstrate the depth and breadth of their knowledge in each portion of the Master Syllabus.  Oral examinations will be conducted by four different industry experts and often involve hands-on demonstrations of knowledge. Taste assessments will include a broad range of off-flavors, blind assessment of beer styles and advanced assessment of beer acceptance. 

Q: When is the exam?

A: The exam is typically administered only once per year during October or November. The exam date finalized by April of each year and is announced on our newsletter, cicerone.org, and Cicerone's social media channels.

Q: How do I sign up for the exam?

A: Registration is conducted through cicerone.org, if you've met the pre-requisites and are eligible to register the option will be available to you on your Cicerone My Account page.

Q: What is a passing score on the Master Cicerone® Exam?

A: A candidate must achieve a score of 85% to earn the title of Master Cicerone®.

Q: What is the pass rate for the Master Cicerone® exam?

A: The pass rate fluctuates year to year; currently the average pass rate is less than 10%.

Q: How long does it take to receive my score results?

A: Typically, results take 6-8 weeks. Results are reported via telephone.

Q: How do I view other Master Cicerone exam policies, such as rescheduling?

A: You can view the Master Cicerone® exam policies at cicerone.org/cicerone-exam-policies#mc