Understanding the Level 3 Exams

About the Author John Brian McCarthy is a Level 3 Judge from Arlington, VA, USA. He manages the Level 3 advancement exams. You can also find him at many Grand Prix, taking appeals in burgundy or taking photos for the Judges at Work albums.     When you were studying to become a Level 1 Judge, you probably focused a lot on the test. When you were studying to advance to Level 2, you probably split your focus between passing the test and completing the other requirements, particularly Read more [...]

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L3 Expedited Checklist!

First 2019 updates in the L3 Process! In 2018 we created 2 new projects to follow all L3 candidates after their panel (L3 Post Panel project) and Nicolette will guide you through the new path for candidates who will need a second panel.   Hey, There! My name is Nicolette Apraez, and I am one of your L3 Post Panel Leads! In this article, I’m going to briefly talk about the Post Panel process for Successful Candidates, before getting into the exciting stuff (an Expedited Checklist Read more [...]

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Writing a Self Review

Hello and welcome back to the Road to L3 blog posts! Nate is our guest author for this article and he introduces us into one of a couple changes to the L3 Checklist coming in the next little while.   Nate Hurley is an L3 judge living in Houston, Texas in USA-South.  Nate is the Verification Committee Lead, and tries to make sure that L3 candidates get good and actionable feedback in a timely manner following any submissions to the VC.  Outside of Magic, Nate enjoys spending time with Read more [...]

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Gender bias in the L3 advancement process

I would like to introduce a great analysis by Nicolette Apraez & Anniek van der Peijl about the impact of gender in the L3 advancement process. The analysis is based on global data and paints a picture from a new perspective on the advancement process. Matteo Abstract We conducted a research project to investigate whether there is gender bias in the L3 advancement process. This project covered 3 main lines of investigation: Data from panels conducted between 2012 and 2017 A questionnaire Read more [...]

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New face!

Hi all, Effective now will be answering communication you send to l3.testing.manager@gmail.com, in addition to who’s handling checklists-related matters. Matteo will in particular handle panel scheduling. Please welcome him! Daniel

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Recommendations: The People & The Interactions

Today, guest writer George Gavrilita shares his experience finding judges to recommend him for L3. He has a lot of tips, so enjoy! Part I: The People I’m George Gavrilita, and I’ve had the luck to work with 6 different senior Judges from 4 different regions on recommendations for the L3 checklist. Today I’ll try to explain why starting early with recommendations is vital for your L3 process, and give you some tips on what kind of mentors you’re actually looking for, and what you can Read more [...]

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A Phantom Vizier

What does a complete real-life investigation look like? Today I'm showing you an interesting one I had to handle at GP Las Vegas. This was taking place in the Modern GP. The floor judge had separated the players and told me one was accusing the other of having played a Vizier of Remedies then taking it back to his hand. Here's a picture of the board state I took shortly after starting: Before reading on, please take a few minutes to think about what you would do. What would you Read more [...]

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Self-Reviews: Reasons and Solutions

Today, guest writers George Gavrilita and Aruna Prem Bianzino continue developing the method they exposed in Self-Reviews: Asking the Right Questions. This article is a follow up to Self-Reviews: Asking the Right Questions. The idea of the method presented in that article is to let the L3 Quality Definitions guide you, and answer questions inspired by every single sentence of the definitions. Putting your answers together, you would get a Self-Review. While this is a great method to Read more [...]

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Self-Reviews: Asking the Right Questions

Want to submit a self-review, but struggling to write it? Today, guest writers George Gavrilita and Aruna Prem Bianzino propose a method to help you get started or get unstuck. A Self-Review for your L3 Checklist should analyse yourself through the lens of the nine L3 Qualities. The articles describing them are great, but going from them to a Self-Review may be as hard as climbing a mountain. At the same time, we are also evaluating ourselves: not the easiest of tasks. Luckily, we can Read more [...]

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