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December 2017
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SoWE LogoFor nearly a decade The Society of Wine Educators offered a similar format for the widely recognized Certified Wine Educator credential.  In 2010 SoWE is updating its exam to further delineate what they believe a wine educator should embody.

New to the exam this year is a formal presentation on a prescribed subject, either submitted by video or in front of a panel of CWE’s. The presentation is to be 20 minutes in length and should prove the candidate is capable of speaking clearly and confidently as an educator.

Also, during the tasting portion, a “rationale” form must be followed during the tasting of one pre-selected wine. The rationale proves the candidate has sound and repeatable tasting technique that is teachable to others.

Additionally, the time to complete the essay portion has been increased from 30 minutes to an hour, with the requirement that the essay be of higher quality in organization, depth, and clarity.  It is not required to be any longer than in the past, remaining at a suggested 650-700 words.

The remainder of the exam remains substantially the same with in depth multiple choice, blind tasting, and fault identification sections.

Candidates must score an aggregate of 76% or better to pass.  As of 2009, only 25% of applicants pass all three sections on the first attempt.

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