Guess you guys are wondering if I passed the exam..huh I DID! With lots of hard work! Guess I started a little up roar. But hey, guess that's why they call it "The Grumble". Its funny that what people are most frustrated bout is this one question. I have no problems on how this question is worded. In my mind you are using 3 mat colors and there for you are using a triple mat just incorporating it a different way. Its our job as framers to suggest this to your customer and educated them on how this way is the BEST alternative. There nothing wrong with suggestions, if you sound like you know what you are talking about, the customer usually ALWAYS goes with the suggestions. At least this is the way it works in our shop. The test doesn't tell you how you SHOULD run your frame shop, its Ultimately up to you of course. The job of the test is to educate the framer, and that's what it did for me. Yes, most of the material was just a review, but at least I took the time to educate myself and make sure I as a framer know what I'm doing. I do however have a few complaints: The study guide wasn't at all helpful. The reading material that they sagest was of course. The practice questions didn't prepare me on how the test was going to be. There was a lot on the study guide that they didn't cover in the test. If they revise the test every three years maybe they should look more into the how the study guide help us prepare better. Some of the questions they asked dint feel as relevant as some the could have asked. For instance, They ask about hard woods and soft woods and what of wood. They never mention these types of wood in the reading material. When you order molding from LJ or any other company for that matter, do they tell you what type of wood it is? And don't all framing programs tell you how much molding you need to to do a frame. You put the dimensions in the computer and like magic it tells you. Finally, framing is an art. Would it not be nice to have fancy certificates on the wall to show our your certificate off. A nice certificate with a fancy frame job would show off our skills. Plus look like more of a accomplishment if its got some a little scroll work or fancy wooptadoo. BUT NOOOO, it's boring, bland and not fancy. Pretty hard to show off your creative skills with that. These are just a few little pet peeves of mine. Nothing big, I'm not going to let it ruin my day. Every body picks their battle and this its mine. No offense to all those who did, its obviously important and with venting about, what better place to do it then the Grumble. This test IS worth taking and brought confidence in myself and the work I do. My advise to those who are going to take the test. STUDY STUDY STUDY!!!! Don't think 20 years of experience to going to help you in this case. News to you guys who do......you will probable fail! NO JOKE. Plus you or your business is paying a good about of money for you to take the test. Why would you take the risk, you might as well flush it down the toilet. And if you did study and fail, learn form it preserver. When you do pass, its that much more special. There.....said my part. Now that I have wasted enough work time, I'm going to get back to work.