I did the test in mid January this year. I passed the written test easily but failed the skills test. What made me angry were two things.
I failed the skills test fair and square because I made three errors. However the examiner listed heaps of other errors that I definitely did not make. What's more, she actively prevented me from checking the temperature of the water with the patient on one occasion. She told me at the sink that I hadn't asked the patient to check the water temperature, but I hadn't even walked away from the sink yet; I hadn't had a chance to offer it to the patient yet! I think she knew she'd mucked up and threw the book at me after that out of some sort of small mindedness. This was made even worse when the other girl tested with me made plenty of errors, only some of them she corrected, and she passed! As I said, I failed fair and square but I have no confidence in the system anymore because my result and the other girl's was also so arbitrary.
The second thing that peeved me was that when I registered to re-sit the test, I had to pay to have my security check done all over again (they'd just done it 4 weeks earlier). That is, I had to pay to re-do the test AND pay to re-do the security check. On January 1 they introduced a new rule that you have to have a photo taken as part of your security check. Why I have to pay for a full security check? Why shouldn't I have the option of only paying $15 for the additional photo?
Anyway, I'm practicing, practicing, practicing to take the skills test again this week. Most of the time I don't have anyone to practice with. My husband is great and is helping me out on the weekends but he travels out-of-state each week (Virginia this week coming). I'm not American, so don't have friends or family here who can be my willing victims the rest of the time. My souvenir teddy bear is getting his dentures cleaned and catheter cleaned several times a day.
My webcam has been converted into my examiner. I record my tests and "mark" myself afterwards. It's a slow process and not very effective (but better than nothing). If you (or anyone) live near Tampa and want to practice the skills test with me this week, reply here and we can organize something.