Outside of the wizards judge center and playing regularly or reading the rules (assume these are already covered and used). Is there another good way to practice/learn the rules with institutional uses. Mainly to practice before i use the judge's center specifically without that damn timer :)
You can take as many practice tests as you want, for the rules as well I believe, I am working on this as well, so it's an area of interest here too.
ShadowLand issue is being able to concentrate that long in one period during the day (work and all that), I would like to try it out when I have a few minutes or need to put my mind to another use.
Can you use that site to become certified as a judge? Or do you actually need to know somebody that is already certified?
for level 0 - rules advisor, yes you can. For level 1 and up, you need to know judges that are qualified to test and interview you. It also requires judging a tournament.
The Rules Advisor practice tests can be done as often as you want. The actual exam, if failed, has an increasing timer on when you're allowed to try again.
As a Rules Advisor, I decided to try the Judge 1 practice test just to see what was on it, and discovered that even the PRACTICE test has like, a month-long cooldown before you can take it again.
Also, in order to take the Judge 1 test, you need to actually meet with certified judges and be administered the test in person. You can't become a level 1 judge through the website.
L0 and Rules Advisor are actually different things. L0 is used to designate a Judge Candidate, meaning someone who has entered the program with the goal of certifying for L1 and is currently still in the process of doing that. Part of this involves finding an L2 to sponsor/mentor you and eventually administer the L1 exam. RA is a separate non-judge certification that simply shows a person has a strong understanding of the rules.
The rules content of the RA test is actually tougher than that of the L1 test, but an RA isn't tested on any of the tournament-organization skills or Tournament Rules enforcement knowledge that an L1 has to have for judging events. I have an RA certification, but I'm Totally Lost when it comes to knowing how to properly run a tournament, or how to appropriately apply remedies from the Magic Tournament Rules and Infraction Procedure Guide if someone messes up.