• The BJCP Mead Exam is a written and practical judging exam covering important knowledge necessary to properly evaluate mead. Subjects include mead styles, characteristics of mead, mead ingredients, troubleshooting faults, and controlling the mead-making process.

    The exam consists of seven essay questions in a two-hour session followed by judging three meads in a 45-minute session. The time allotted to the written and tasting sections can not be combined. No partial retakes of the mead exam are allowed; the entire test must be taken. While section scores are recorded, passing is based on total performance on a single exam.



  • Written Section

    Examinees will complete two written sections: one fill-in-the-blank and true-false section on the Mead Judge program and the general judging process and ethics, and one full essay section on selected topics. The fill-in-the-blank questions are designed to test knowledge of the Mead Judge program as described on the BJCP web site, and the judging process and ethics questions are taken from the BJCP Judge Procedures Manual.

    Essay questions should be answered in one to two pages, and cover the following topics:

    1. Program and Ethics

      1. Describe the Mead Judge part of the BJCP program

      2. Judging procedures and ethics (15 T/F questions)

    2. Mead Balance and Style Attributes question

    3. Varietal Honey Identification and Usage question

    4. Non-Honey Ingredients in Mead question

    5. Identifying/Troubleshooting Mead Characteristics and Faults question

    6. Mead Making and Process Control question

    7. Scenario-based Troubleshooting question


  • Tasting Section

    Examinees will judge three meads as in a competition using variants of the standard scoresheets. Meads judged should include one mead from each major BJCP style category, including one varietal mead, one melomel and one other mead. At least one should be flawed and at least one should be a very good example. Open category meads should be avoided.