I did a practice run last night for kicks using APA. It took me 15 minutes to write, in narrative style, everything I knew about APA. Then I looked it over and realized I forgot stats and comparison.
So stats only on the recipe question? Just those 12 styles? Is that because you are describing the stats in narrative form in the style questions?
Does anyone know the percentage (odds) of getting a 95%? At my age I have to rely on smarts... I'm figuring I'll be lucky to get an 80% on the tasting retake. That means I need a 95 on the written.
All possible questions/styles are listed in the exam study guide. Keep in mind that you'll have to write out AAFM for 3 styles (not just one) and compare them for the two style-related questions you'll get. All in about 17-18 minutes per question. You can list stats for the style questions if you want, but form grading, I've found that people often get them wrong. The style question doesn't specifically ask you to list stats, it asks you to describe aroma, appearance, flavor and mouthfeel. The recipe question on the other hand, specifically asks you to provide stats. The study guide tells you exactly how the questions are graded and what % each part of the question is worth. Pay attention to that. People often short change or miss parts of the question that are worth significant points.
The odds of a 95+ are very, very low. The majority of master exams that reach the 90s, barely reach the 90s. From what I've seen, most of the exam scores in the mid or higher 90s were legacy exams from much earlier points in time.
Feel free to PM or email me if you want to talk more about the exam.