I have been receiving a number of inquiries about when exam results will be available for students that have been completing their studies and finally taking the exams, in some cases months later than anticipated due to pandemic restrictions. The short answer is that there is no simple answer, right now. There are some guidelines (listed below), but the offices in London where all of the exams are processed, are not fully staffed and many of the WSET personnel are still working remotely.
I have received some basic guidelines from WSET on expectations for the results to be sent, but you should please understand that the time frames listed below are from when WSET receives the papers and they are processed in London, not from the exam date.
Level 1: 2 weeks from the date of the confirmation receipt email
Level 2: 2 weeks from the date of the confirmation receipt email
Level 3: 6 to 8 weeks from the date of the confirmation receipt email
For those who sat their exams on August 1, in Hartford, the "date of confirmation" was actually August 24th. This is due to the fact that all exam papers are handed off to the WSET offices in Hartford on the Thursday following the exam, they are assembled and shipped to London by courier, and are then processed for receipt. Based on the info above, it looks like that process takes about three weeks in total. I know this makes for a longer wait period, but there is really nothing that can be done about this situation; your patience is greatly appreciated.
As for the turn-around on Remote Exams, WSET has not released a lot of guidance on this front, but I would assume that the turn-around time will be a bit shorter than the paper exams.
Other questions related to this involve the question about whether WSET will forward certificates and pins for successful candidates - the answer again lies in the fact that not many people are not currently working at the WSET home offices in London, where the certificates are created and mailed from. The only guidance on this front has been to tell as that certificates will be mailed once personnel can return to the London headquarters and get them processed. Again, I understand this could be a little frustrating for some, but I do get the results and have been notifying candidates as they come in. If you are successful, then you do not need a certificate or pin to validate your success, and you may start to use the post-noms associated with your level of completion.
Please feel free to continue to reach out regarding your exam results, or with any other questions. I am happy to review and guide to the best of my ability, just please understand that the Covid-crisis is a global issue and people and businesses are affected globally. I may not have the answer immediately, but will endeavor to findthe answer for you as quickly as possible.
As of today (August 4, 2020), New England Wine Academy has updated all course descriptions and schedules for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year, and beyond. Please refer to the "Classes" tab above for full descriptions, or click on "Shop" to go directly to the class list.
The 2020/2021 WSET Academic year has begun as of August 1, and we are pleased to announce additional classes have been added to meet the demand for so many looking to take the various award qualifications.
Levels 1 and 2 in spirits have quickly becomes some of the most in-demand courses with WSET, as there is a huge interest among the drinks industry as well as non-industry enthusiasts. We do know that cocktails are in full swing among younger drinkers as well as favorites of older audiences, so this makes complete sense. Take a look at the courses available from NEWA for Spirits certification and carer growth through better knowledge.
This past July, WSET began to make exams available for students of the Level 1 and 2 awards, as remote invigilation. This means that you can opt for exams either in our testing center or in the privacy of your home. In the era of Covid, this has proven to be very popular as many people simply are not ready or able to venture out in to public. The remote exam option is the way to go.
Any current candidate can choose the exam date that works for them, but please note the registration deadlines to participate in an exam. WSET requires 15 business days notice for all exam registrations, so it is not possible to be scheduled once the exam registration date has passed and the candidate will need to wait until the next exam date (these are generally held monthly, pending need).
Candidates should make their exam date intention clear to NEWA by emailing:
BMitchell@newenglandwineacademy.com prior to the exam registration deadline.
As a reminder all online material is available to access for one year from the start of your class, and as always, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to NEWA and we will be happy to discuss. Cheers
ABOUT THE Author
Brian Mitchell runs The New England Wine Academy, and is responsible for the content of this blog. With 30 years of drinks industry experience, Brian has learned a few things, but everyday he is learning more. This blog helps to bring that knowledge to you.