8 Steps to Pass the ACF Practical Exam

8 Steps to Pass the ACF Practical Exam

Some chef professions require passing the ACF Written and Practical Exam. To find out if this step is necessary in receiving your certification, read our ACF Certification page: https://123ce.com/acf-certification/ 

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If this is a requirement for you, the ACF has put together steps to help you pass the ACF Practical Exam. Your success in moving forward with your career is one of the core motivations at 123ce. We want to share the 8 steps to Practical Exam Success with you!


  1.  Complete your Initial Application first:

    The education and work experience required for the initial application are meant to prepare you for the practical exam.

  2. Know your expectations:

    Review the practical exam handbook for your level and preview the score sheet before taking the exam.

  3. Create a budget:

    For the ACF, you will be required to pay $50 if you are a member and $100 if you are a non-member, but don’t forget to budget for the other expenses, such as the host site fee (contact test administrator) and groceries for practices and exams.

  4. Find a mentor:

    Local chapters can often help you find a chef who has taken the exam before.  Mentors can give advice, address your concerns, or critique your menu.

  5. Conduct self-assessments:

    Take the time to monitor yourself and critique your progress.

  6. Create a checklist:

    Verify that you have everything you need before you go to the exam.

  7. Engage your employer:

    You may want to ask your employers for help.  The quality controls in a kitchen can help you perfect a necessary skill, while improving quality for their customers. Each of you will get something positive out of the process.

  8. Practice, Practice, Practice:

    Make sure that you have the timing, taste, and techniques down to a science.

If you’re looking for more advice, interested in signing up for your Practical Exam, or want to share your experience with other chefs you can view the original article on the We Are Chefs, ACF Blog Page here: https://wearechefs.com/2016/06/20/8-steps-to-practical-exam-success/

8 Steps to Practical Exam Success