I know that anyone who is waiting to apply for/get their date for the CPNE is probably nervous enough as it is, but I wanted to add this little note. I became eligible for the CPNE in early May, and of course all those references to the long wait times (five to nine months, etc) had me thinking I would be testing sometime in the winter. My application docs were accepted on May 29, at which point I was lazily looking at the CPNE study guide here and there but focusing more on A&P since it was my only other requirement to complete. I didn't think I would even get my date for several more months, so I figured I'd focus on the CPNE later. Well, on July 11, about five *weeks* after applying, I got my date: September 5th, just about six weeks away and only three months from the time my application went through!
I tell you this just so you won't do what I did and be laissez-faire about the CPNE since it's "five to nine months away". Of course, now I am kicking into high gear and A&P is going on the backburner. I work better under pressure anyway and will be glad to get this thing over with...but based on what Excelsior kept repeating at every turn, I thought I would have a lot more time to prepare!
As a side note, I live in the Northeast, so I applied to the NPAC which I understand is speedier than the other RPACs.
Good luck to everyone!