Curiously absent from anything I was able to find online about the Apprentice Level exam of the Texas Master Beekeeper program was an explanation of the format of the testing day.
In this post I won’t divulge any of the content of the test at all. It just would have been helpful to me to know the format of the day.
First of all, let me say that the testing day was well organized and everyone was friendly. Not only the people there to administer the test, but also my fellow test takers.
The test was divided into three parts. Two parts are inside the room, the other is outside where you actually open a hive and an examiner asks you various questions.
As far as the two parts inside, one part is where you walk around tables on which have been placed various beekeeping objects on one side, and photos of various pests and diseases on the other side. On your test sheets you are asked various questions about each and are required to place your answer ultimately on a scantron sheet. (You know, the kind where you need to have a #2 pencil and fill in the bubble.) Don’t worry about bringing the sheet or the pencil, both are provided.
So that’s pretty much it. Study. Watch the review videos over and over again. I can pretty much quote them word-for-word by now.
I received my passing score the middle of the next week. Now onward to the Advanced certification!
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