The Court of Master Sommeliers was established to encourage improved standards of beverage knowledge and service in hotels and restaurants. In 1969, the Court held its first successful Master Sommeliers examination. By April 1977, the Court of Master Sommeliers was established as the premier international examining body and continues today to set the global standard of excellence for beverage service within the hospitality industry with integrity, exemplary knowledge, and humility.
The Court continues to expand the rich heritage of our organization through mentorship, rigorous preparation, and examination. We chart the course for current and future Master Sommeliers worldwide.
For detailed information on the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas and the certification programs, please visit mastersommeliers.org.
The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas Sommelier Knowledge Assessment appointments at a Pearson VUE center must be made in advance and are subject to availability. The last day to take the Sommelier Knowledge Assessment at a Pearson VUE center is December 13, 2019. We strongly encourage that you not schedule your appointment for the last day in case of unforeseen circumstances such as weather, vehicle or technical issues arise.
The Sommelier Knowledge Assessment appointment time limit of 55 minutes, as noted on Pearson VUE web pages, reflects the total appointment time, including a Non-Disclosure Agreement, the sommelier knowledge assessment, and survey. Candidates should arrive at least 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment.
Sommelier Knowledge Assessment
Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas Sommelier Knowledge Assessment is a component of the Court’s Advanced Sommelier Course and Advanced Sommelier Examination application process. Any candidate meeting the eligibility requirements will be afforded an equal opportunity to demonstrate their preparedness for the Advanced Sommelier Course or the Advanced Sommelier Examination.
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.
Acceptance into either the Advanced Sommelier Course or the Advanced Sommelier Exam will be solely determined by your score on the Sommelier Knowledge Assessment. The top-scoring 150 candidates who applied for the Advanced Sommelier Course will be accepted to participate in the program. The top-scoring 216 candidates that applied for the Advanced Sommelier Examination will qualify to sit in one of the three 2020 examinations. These figures correspond to the number of candidates we are able to accommodate at our Advanced programs in 2020. We will also maintain a short waitlist for both Advanced programs.
All applicants will be informed of their overall percentile ranking in the Sommelier Knowledge Assessment to ensure transparency and to give perspective to your efforts.