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Interpreting Wine Podcast

Jan 21, 2023

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In this episode of Interpreting Wine, host Lawrence Francis and Anne McHale MW explore the eight most commonly made mistakes in the WSET Diploma D3 Theory Exam.

The October 2021 D3 Theory Exam had a pass rate of between 50 and 60%, which is quite low.

To help address this issue, Anne conducted an extensive analysis of the most recently available Examiner's reports.

Anne describes examples of mistakes taken from past papers and gives tips on how to address each of these.

Anne runs a coaching program called Diplomatherapy to support students in their preparation for the exam.

Lawrence is offering three special bonuses in partnership with Anne for those who sign up to Diploma Therapy in 2023. Visit to learn more.


(00:00:08) Episode intro

(00:01:18) D3 Theory background

(00:04:08) Mistake #1: Not respecting the marking weightings give

(00:10:30) Mistake #2: Candidate not including learnings from D1, D2 AND D3

(00:16:05) Mistake #3: Not structuring your answers logically

(00:18:55) Mistake #4: Not including the right amount of detail in your answer

(00:22:12) Mistake #5: Inadequate knowledge of lesser-known regions

(00:25:10) Mistake #6: Not applying enough analysis in your answers

(00:30:14) Mistake #7: Not answering the question properly

(00:34:20) Mistake #8: Misspelling of key wine terms

(00:36:20) Anne McHale’s Diplomatherapy Programme

(00:40:50) Interpreting Wine Diplomatherapy Offer

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Date recorded: 11 Jan 2023