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(Message started by: Chris Lattimer on May 16th, 2006, 11:02am)

Title: Slow as maple syrup
Post by Chris Lattimer on May 16th, 2006, 11:02am
I submitted an application to sit for the exam; the return card said they received it on April 3rd.  It is now May 16th and I have still heard nothing from them.  I called the office and the   analyst I was transferred to was extremely unhelpful and said "We don't give status updates."  According to this board this is an extremely long delay.  Any suggestions to get around this fellow and speak with someone who will actually give me some information?

Title: Re: Slow as maple syrup
Post by Chris Lattimer on May 18th, 2006, 7:00pm
7 weeks!  I guess Category A (molecular biology) requires extensive review.  I called again and they said that they were still processing the application.  

Title: Re: Slow as maple syrup
Post by florida on May 19th, 2006, 10:36am
It took a while for mine.  Keep in mind, once they approve you they only give you three months to take it.  I applied thinking I would be approved quickly and could take the exam in a certain time frame.  My approval took forever, and when it finally did come it was at about the worst possible time.  I had a big deadline for something else, and I couldn't even start studying until 6 weeks before the end of my three month deadline.

Title: Re: Slow as maple syrup
Post by Chris Lattimer on Jun 1st, 2006, 6:30pm
Still waiting!  Even state bars are quicker than these guys!  

Title: Re: Slow as maple syrup
Post by Agent_X on Jun 1st, 2006, 8:45pm
7+ weeks? Wow

I submitted mine earlier this week and hope to take the exam early August.

Can you think of any reason your application got flagged?
Did you answer yes to any of the character questions?

A friend of mine is Category A and had his approval back in 3 weeks. He submitted his about a month ago.

Title: Re: Slow as maple syrup
Post by IPW on Jun 1st, 2006, 10:22pm
Let's see if I have this straight.....

I hope to take the exam around November 1st.

Because an applicant has a 3 month window to take the exam once approved, I probably wouldn't want to apply until somewhere August 1st, correct?

That way, if my application is approved around Sept 1, I would have a window from Sept 1 to Dec 1 to sit for the exam, right?

Thanks in advance.

Title: Re: Slow as maple syrup
Post by Agent_X on Jun 17th, 2006, 6:41pm

on 06/01/06 at 20:45:55, Agent_X wrote:
7+ weeks? Wow

I submitted mine earlier this week and hope to take the exam early August.

Can you think of any reason your application got flagged?
Did you answer yes to any of the character questions?

A friend of mine is Category A and had his approval back in 3 weeks. He submitted his about a month ago.


My approval left the OED June 12th according to the post mark.  Very quick turnaround for me.

FYI I reported a traffic ticket from 98 that isn't even a part of my current driving record and had no problems

Title: Re: Slow as maple syrup
Post by smgsmc on Jun 17th, 2006, 10:17pm

on 06/01/06 at 22:22:39, IPW wrote:
Let's see if I have this straight.....

I hope to take the exam around November 1st.

Because an applicant has a 3 month window to take the exam once approved, I probably wouldn't want to apply until somewhere August 1st, correct?

That way, if my application is approved around Sept 1, I would have a window from Sept 1 to Dec 1 to sit for the exam, right?

Thanks in advance.



That is correct.  But if you plan to take the exam around Nov 1.  I'd recommend that you aim to have your window start around Oct 1.  If you run into unexpected interruptions with your studies, you'll have until Jan 1.  No point in wasting part of the 90 day window.  Don't push the start of the window too late though.   Check with the test centers in the area to see how heavily booked they are and how much in advance you need to schedule an exam.  You need to allow time because you can't schedule the test until you get the approval letter, which contains your registration number.  But if your schedule is flexible (that is, you don't have a hard deadline), that's not a big deal.  My approval came in 2 weeks.



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