I graduated from Excelcior with a ADN when it was called Regents External Degree Program.
I never paid those outlandish rates that have been described here. Tests were given in Manhattan and the fees were $25-$35
clinical was $500. Had to go to Albany for the clinical. Most proctors were nice, some were a little *****y, but I got through it anyway.
I went to my local community college that has a nursing program, borrowed their books and passed the exams on the first try. Most questions are common sense, with a little theory thrown in.
I had most of my credits for an associate degree before I started with Excelsior. I finished my associate degree before enrolling in Excelsior. Once you enroll, there are many different fees. Don't enroll until you are ready to take the nursing exams. There is an annual record fee, this fee, that fee, etc. Don't enroll ahead of time.
I recommend that you get your general education credits before enrolling in the nursing component. Go to a community college or take them through Excelcior, but don't take them at the same time that you are taking the nursing exams. It will bog you down.
If you are an LPN, you must be familiar with current machinery, techniques, etc. Nursing homes won't be any help to you. You must get a job in an acute-care hospital to gain the necessary experience in order to pass the clinical. The clinical has CRITICAL
elements built into the test, hand-washing, check patient's bracelet, greet patient, explain to patient what procedure you are about to commence. Introduce yourself. CRITICAL elements missed will be a failure. At that time, I don't know about the present time, you could take the exam over for another $500.
Good Luck !!!!