The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has introduced online exams for two of its popular courses, allowing students to continue with their studies during the coronavirus crisis.
Online exams for English language Level 1 Awards in Wines, Spirits and Sake, and Level 2 Awards in Wines and Spirits went live on 1st June, allowing students to take exams, which would otherwise have been prevented by social distancing measures.
"I am really excited that, with these latest developments, we can now offer our course providers and students a 360° digital learning experience at a time when traditional classroom education is very challenging or impossible," said WSET CEO Ian Harris.
And if you were wondering how exam conditions can be recreated remotely, students will be monitored via their computers' webcams, screen sharing technology and a secondary recording device (usually a smartphone).
The WSET is one of the most widely-recognised wine certification courses in the world. It is offered in 77 different countries and in 19 different languages, with programmes in wine, spirits, and saké.