Scheduling & Taking the Exam
Once you are ready to take the exam, you may select and self-schedule a time slot on our website. Exams are offered several times each month on Fridays and Saturdays, with convenient time slots available for all global time zones. A calendar invitation with all important details will be emailed to you immediately upon scheduling
Exam results will reach you via email within two days of taking the exam. The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions, and it takes up to 60 minutes to complete. You must correctly answer at least 75% of the questions to pass the exam.
The exam may be taken online, in a browser window, using a laptop or desktop computer. The exam is entered through a link sent by the Council on exam day.
Candidates may be located anywhere in the world, but reliable internet and phone connections are required. Anti-cheating methods are in place and are enforced.
No study materials or other persons are permitted in the room during an exam.
Candidates receive an email with the exam link a few hours in advance of the scheduled appointment time.
Note that the Council enrollment may expire if a candidate neither takes nor schedules the exam within 2 years of enrolling for that level.
Receiving the Diploma & Pin
Upon passing the exam, you will receive your printed diploma via mail, on high-quality stationery suitable for framing. You will also receive a beautiful copper lapel pin to wear proudly at any occasion.
Physical copies of the diploma and the lapel pin are shipped globally from our office in Los Angeles, California. Digital versions are sent in advance via email, together with the exam results.
Many successful candidates take a next step and enroll in one of our other exams, building an impressive portfolio of tasting expertise that can shape their careers and enhance their personal enjoyment. Take your first step toward certification today!
Representative Sample Questions
Question 1: Order the following distilleries by their traditional use of peat, from lightest to heaviest: (1) Lagavulin (2) Talisker (3) Laphroaig (4) Glenmorangie.
A. 1, 3, 4, 2
B. 4, 2, 1, 3
C. 3, 2, 4, 1
D. 2, 4, 3, 1
Question 2: Which of the following is not a desirable contribution from oak to Scotch aging?
A. Introduction of sulfur
D. Imparting of flavor
Question 3: Which of the following is not a step in the malting process?
Question 4: Which of these terms refers to the 40 gallon size container traditionally used?
Question 5: Which selection is accurate about the relationship between first and second distillation?
A. Some leading distilleries omit the second distillation for their main bottling.
B. The second distillation begins when the alcohol from the first distillation is at 5% or more.
C. The second stage further concentrates and purifies the spirit.
D. Only the second distillation uses worm tubs.