You can work on a temporary license until you pass the test. You would be working as a GPN, and would work directly under the supervision of an RN. In my state, the RN must be in the building though for a GPN to work on the floor. (as opposed to being reached by phone) I think my starting pay was a bit lower too, but as soon as i passed the state boards, they bumped my pay up and helped me celebrate too! It was a great experience for me, and I would recommend working on a temp license till you can take your test. Good Luck to you!