One of the describe/compare/contrast 3-styles questions I had was the 3 beers in Category 8. Best Bitter, Special Bitter, ESB.
It's the last question I've got left to answer, and I'm running out of time.
First of all, you should have had a blank grid made up before the exam started. The "compare 3 styles" question will always be on the exam in its current form.
thank you for the response. For the record I started making grids as soon as they handed out paper after they let us into the room to sit down. However there wasn't sufficient time to finish them before the exam started.
On another topic, I don't see why the exam really needs to be at all tricky.
What is the point of interrupting me with a beer while I am already writing? It is not like a steward is going to come by while I am judging and hand me another beer. And finally, why the extra 30 minutes for those doing split retakes?
Seems like these could be addressed at any time - even before the exam changes come about - everyone taking the whole exam or just the essay part enters the room and has 2.5 hours. At the end of this everyone stops and those just taking doing the essay leave. The others get a brief bathroom/whatever break. Everyone taking the tasting portion enters the room and everyone judges beer for an hour. You could split it up to 4x15 minute sections or keep it at 1 hour where people could go back to the first beers at any time. I can live with a timed test, and I understand having it "closed book" though I certainly wouldn't mind having the guidelines available during the the tasting.
This means the same rules for everyone taking it, and less of the multitasking. I mean, during a competition, who judges beer while thinking about how to boil the answer of a vague question about water down to 1 page?