Just two weeks ago, my friend and I decided to take the Prometric Exam for the Saudi Council for Health Specialties. It is a certification that is required for nurses who plan to work in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was not my first time to take a test that is technology dependent. Two years ago, I also sat for NCLEX (National Council Licensure EXamination) in Manila. These two exams have more differences than similiarities.
I arrived in the testing center two hours before the time. I chose the 11:00 AM schedule just in case I would get stuck in the morning rush hour traffic. I drove my way to the testing center with nothing but prayers in my heart. It was a 40-minute trip from Basak, Mandue to Ramos, Cebu. When I arrived there, I was a bit disappointed when the proctor informed me that I was way too early for my exam. I was aware of the time but a week before the test, I was able to read in one of the many informative blogs, that a test-taker in Manila was allowed to take the exam hours before her schedule. I guess, not all proctors and exam sites are the same. So, if you are from Cebu, learn from my experience. Just go the the exam site, 30 minutes before the time or you would have to face a not-so-friendly proctor who would greet you with, "UNSA MAN?" Followed by, "BALIK LANG I'G 10:30!".
So, yeah... I had to wait inside the car for an hour and a half. It was not really a wasted time for me since I spent it praying and asking God to do a miracle for me. Passing the exam was really a necessity since two days after that, my friend and I would have to go to Manila to show our credentials to the different agencies with Saudi hospitals as their clients.
At 10:30 AM, after emptying my bladder, I immediately presented myself to the proctor. This time, she welcomed me (hehe) and presented to me a list of reminders for the exam. I left my things inside their old locker and kept the key and my ID. I was surprised when they told me that they would not be giving any scratch paper for the exam. Anyway, I still thank the Lord that I was able to do the computation by just imagining the equation.
After an hour or so of "unsa man ni?", "tabang, Lord!", "ngee, ka weird!", and "kuyawag style sa exam uy!", I clicked FINISH and then closed my eyes. After a couple of minutes, the computer showed me my score and the magic word: PASSED!
Yay! Thank you, Jesus.
I was so excited that after I got the result, I left the exam room with only my locker key. I immediately went back to get my things inside the locker and to thank the proctor. Though I only had less than a week to practice for the exam, God made a way for me to nail it. All the glory goes to GOD!
You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds, O God our savior. You are the hope of everyone on earth, even those who sail on distant seas. (Psalm 65:5)
"all that we have accomplished, You have done for us." (Isaiah 26:12)
USA'S NCLEX. To read about my experience, visit my multipy blog: http://jessicapinoy.multiply.com/journal/item/14/My_NCLEX-RN_Experience