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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Master Craftsman II is DONE!

(photo courtesy of Scottish Rite)

Master Craftsman II is done! I received an email this past week from the Scottish Rite that my final Master Craftsman II quiz has been scored. It’s been a long but enjoyable process of reading, writing, and researching. Throughout the course, I used the Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide as well as A Bridge to Light. In addition, I spent quite a bit of time reading Morals & Dogma. My paperback copy of Hutchens’ Bridge to Light is showing considerable wear and De Hoyos’ hardcover Monitor & Guide actually looks like its been read: I can guarantee that it has! Morals & Dogma, which probably should show the most wear, is on my iPad!

I started the course over a year ago. After receiving the first quiz, I set the program materials aside for about six months. Other activities took precedence and a few weeks of delay turned into a few months. What finally motivated me was the Des Moines Scottish Rite’s one-day summer reunion last year. After this slow start, I made good progress:
- on average, it took 10.5 days to complete each quiz
- quiz 5 (15° - 18°) took the longest at 29 days
- quiz 2 (6°- 8°) took the least time at 2 days
- the Scottish Rite averaged 4 days turnaround time in scoring each quiz
(These numbers do not include my delay at the beginning of the course)

I was impressed with the staff at the Scottish Rite in D.C. They scored my quizzes and put the next one in the mail within a day or two. The only time there was a significantly longer delay was over Christmas. As a classroom teacher responsible for grading tests and essays of over 160 students, I was impressed with their turnaround time!



  1. Great job Mike, Now perhaps you can enjoy some "Light" reading.. (pun intended) Congratulations. I gave up on MCII.

  2. Congrats! It definitely gives one a sense of accomplishment.