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Tips and Tricks For Making Your Testing Experience Great!

Whether you’re testing food to put a little extra cash in your own pocket, or testing as way to raise money for your favorite non-profit group, there’s no doubt about it: tasting new foods and getting paid to share your opinions is FUN!

Here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that your testing experiences are fun and rewarding!

First, please remember that taste testing is scientific research, and we must follow specific rules and guidelines to ensure that our test results are valid.

  • On Test Day, please make sure you are scent and odor-free. Whether a scent is good or bad, we cannot have it in our testing facilities. The reason is because smells affect taste. So please abstain from wearing any perfumes or fragrances, and don’t smoke or drink alcohol in the two hours prior to your start time. Do your very best to be as scent-free for your test as possible. If a tester arrives with a strong scent, they will not be allowed to test and will not be paid.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of your test. We need that time to register your attendance, and to rescreen you on important qualifying questions. Tests run on a very tight schedule. We must start on time for every test in order to keep to the day’s schedule. If you arrive too late for us to complete these things before the start of your session, you may not be allowed to test and may not be paid.
  • Please answer all rescreening questions honestly. Rescreening (re-asking some of the same questions you answered online) is a necessary part of every test. If your answers on test day do not match the answers you gave online, you may not be allowed to test, and you may not be paid.
  • There is a small chance that your participation will not be needed when you arrive. We understand that sometimes plans change, even at the last minute. For this reason, we over-recruit for every test by a specific number of testers. Although we’re very good at predicting how many extras we need, we occasionally have more testers attend than we are able to seat. When this happens, the “extra” testers are paid at least half of the full payment, and they are immediately eligible to screen for other tests. Those who are paid and excused are not always the last testers to arrive. We have to meet specific quotas for age, gender and other qualifications, so anyone may be chosen to be paid and excused, based on the needs of the test. This policy allows us to be flexible and understanding with our testers, while still ensuring a full test for our clients. All testers should be aware of this policy, and in choosing to schedule for a test, testers agree to abide by this policy.
  • All extraneous materials must be put away before the start of your test and must stay out of sight for the duration of the test. This includes all books and magazines, and cell phones must be silenced and put away for the duration of the test.
  • Our staff is here to help you, and to make your testing experience the best that it can be. Do not hesitate to ask for help if you need it. We promise to treat all our testers with respect (and we hope for the same, in return), and we’ll do our best to make sure your testing experience is a happy one!

For additional information about the Test Day Requirements, click here.

To read the full Testers Bill of Rights, click here.