After applying on the website, my application was received very quickly, and the next day I was assigned to my Recruiter, Grizpac.
I woke up the next day after applying to a message on the forum from Grizpac, telling me my application was received and approved for recruitment. He gave me my written exam link and code.
I had spent the previous days taking practice tests, reading tutorials, and having friends quiz my knowledge. I felt prepared enough to attempt it the same day. I had heard all the stories; people have failed twice, others waited a week or more before attempting, and so on.
I was nervous, but I didn’t see any reason to wait, since I felt that my knowledge was proficient. I took the exam 3 hours later, and passed with an 88% in 8 minutes.
I messaged Ryan, and he confirmed my stats and cleared me for a Practical testing. I wanted to get it out of the way, and as I had an available time slot that same night, I scheduled it for August 17th at 10:30pm CST. Ryan agreed on this time, and it was set. That day, I opened my Tracking Thread twice, including an hour and a half session before my Practical. I closed 30 minutes before my scheduled time, and confirmed my attendance with Ryan.
He told me my testing airport would be KVAD and that I should spawn in at 10:30. I took the time in between to spawn in and take note of elements such as spawn points, taxiways, runway exits, and calculate pattern and transition altitudes.
I confirmed with Grizpac that I was ready, and I spawned into my frequencies as the testers spawned in. I was excited, hopeful, ready to go, and terrified. It was time to roll!