MDixon (Nationally-Ranked, BJCP Judge, BJCP Communications Director),
Glad to hear that you perceive the "glass ceiling" to be self-imposed. I'll be juding in a comp at the end of the month. I'll be glad to put a 49 or 50 on someone's entry if it merits it. Thanks for the clarification. I shall quote you in any discussions I have with my fellow judges should there be more than a 3-, 5-, or 7- point difference between judges and the argument arise that "a score that high is never given."
in re assistance, I'd be happy to follow through with actions.
To whom shall I send my list of suggested questions for the BJCP exam?
Please supply a contact name and e-mail address for all of us on the forum (you may wish to start another post).
All I ask is that, if I spend the time in good faith creating and submitting these questions, that they are going to be seriously considered along with a format change towards an objective examination format. Can you guarantee that? If not, I'm a busy man and I'm not going to waste my time. I'll be even more to the point--If you're asking me to join the BJCP exam directorate just to grade more written exams, my answer is a firm "No, thank you."
I'd like more people to be educated and competent beer judges. Yet, truthfully, a lot of people struggle with the current format; and many won't even attempt BJCP certification because of it. I don't have the desire to get into an "old school vs new blood" arguement, i.e., "I had to do time limited written exams, so you do too." What I don't like is the subjectivity. I do appreciate the thoroughness and constructive feedback of the individual(s) who graded my BJCP exam. The 6-month wait to receive my results---not so much. There are plenty of ways to make it more objective and accomplish the desired goals of the BJCP certification program. I do think experience counts--I do not have a problem with it.
My point about the number of master judges (88) simply has to do with the fact that most Master Judges only score 90-92 on the exam. Really? Not one individual ever "aced" it? Come on, ...Really? There are people who "ace" the SAT's! This tells me that the BJCP grading process and/or exam format is flawed. Just like I perceive the scoring process to be at some beer competitions. I'm not the only one--I didn't start this thread.
Richardt (Certified-Ranked BJCP judge)