Took the test for the second time today. I'd like to think I did better on this one, I just need a better tasting score to bump to Certified but I took both parts for fun. Man that exam is a real test of time management. I'm not sure why it is that way, I guess they are just making it challenging.
It was administered by the guy who runs the homebrew store in Galesburg IL, Something's Brew'n. I arrived in town early enough to check it out and that is one fine homebrew shop. Small footprint but they have a great selection of hops including a lot of new varieties, an assortment of specialty grains some of which I hadn't seen before (and I shop a lot), Wyeast and Whitelabs yeasts, and all the latest/greatest gadgets. All prices were in line with online stores. I broke down and bought a Beergun after being seduced by the recent thread in the equipment section, a 5gal plastic jerry can for no-chill, some new hop varieties, tubing, Maris Otter, carageenan finings, and another rack for my bottle tree. Talked to some people after the test and they order from SB and it sounds like they are all really well satisfied.
Anyway, thanks to Jim and Mary for the hospitality and the invite to take the test.