This morning I recieved this e-mail:
Congratulations on passing the BJCP Entrance Exam; you are now a BJCP Provisional Judge! You will be emailed a passing certificate that you will need to show to the administrator of the BJCP Beer Judging Exam. You must take the Beer Judging Exam within one year of passing the Entrance Exam or start over. Good luck!
Which is strange because I took the exam in early April (on a whim) during my lunch hour, without studying or without reference materials....it was hard and as I expected, I failed (what I thought was miserably).
Then I got this explanation:
Hello, You should have received an email informing you that you passed the BJCP Entrance Exam. This may come as a surprise, so let me explain. We did some detailed statistical analysis that led us to make a final tweak of the passing threshold, and all exams were rescored against this target. You were just below passing when you took the exam, but that score now passes. Congratulations!
So, it is official. I am a Provisional Judge (now looking for a tasting exam seat in Denver area) with the distinction of passing with one of the lowest scores ever! I am the opposite of Gordon Strong!
Thanks BJCP for lowering your standards just enough to let me slide by to continue my unbroken streak of mediocracy!