If you are about to take your WSET Level 3 Exam, congratulations! You are about to clear an advanced level qualification for professionals working in the wine industry and enthusiasts. However, the WSET Level 3 Exam is different, in terms of structure from WSET Level 1 and 2. The preparation for this award also requires more time and effort from the candidate. But with a proper strategy, which you can put into effect the day you decide to take up this challenge, the task will seem less intimidating.
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Before you invest time, hard work and money, you need to understand who is the right candidate for this award. WSET Level 3 Award is for those who want to develop a deeper understanding of the world of wines. This Award primarily focuses on grape growing and winemaking. It gives you all the knowledge that you need to be able to assess and explain the style and quality of a wine with precision. Upon successful completion, you will receive a WSET certificate and a lapel pin. You will also be able to use the associated WSET-certified logo.
The course consists of two units. In Unit 1, you’ll study the key factors in the production of wine (such as location, grape growing, winemaking, maturation and bottling) and how they influence the key characteristics in still, sparkling and fortified wines. Unit 2 will teach you how to apply the Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine (SAT) to taste wines, describe their characteristics and evaluate their quality. Unit 1 will be assessed by a closed-book exam consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions and a short-written answer paper. Unit 2 will be assessed by a blind tasting of two wines.
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This Award requires a minimum study time of 84 hours, including 30 hours of classroom or online delivery time with a WSET courses provider. While WSET Level 1 and 2 exams only consist of multiple-choice questions, Level 3 will require you to pass a blind-tasting exam and a short written answers test as well. Candidates need to pass all three to earn the certification. Since it involves the blind tasting of an alcoholic beverage you should be of the legal drinking age in your country while undertaking this exam.
The addition of blind tasting and written exam means that your previous preparation strategy will only work partially for WSET Level 3. Here are some tips that can come in handy:
Here are some additional tips for your theoretical exam:
Originally published 24th August, 2023