One question, is something missing on this statement from the blog post? Should the "either" be struck from the sentence? Or do they mean either of the tasting exams (old or new)?
"To qualify to sit for the Proficiency Exam, potential examinees must have scored at least 80% on either the tasting exam and have a minimum of 10 judging experience points."
Its not grammatically correct as it stands.
yeah they definitely meant either tasting exam.
as for the one-year limit, it would certainly seem to be a detriment to taking the online exam since the current wait to get an exam is more than a year. Hopefully that will improve when the backlog of old exams is graded, and when the bulk of grading being done is the faster tasting exam, thus more exams can be scheduled. *that last part is just my guess*