[QUOTE=Black_Angel;42764]I just stopped in to Mandeville REC to set up an appointment to test for my 3rd Mate’s license after my next hitch. The lady told me I don’t need to make an appointment, just show up with my “approval to test” letter.
This seems kind of risky – anyone else show up for 7 modules of testing with no advance warning?[/QUOTE]
I did make an appointment when I tested at Mandeville, LA last November and I do not think it was necessary. You can make the appointment online if you like. They do not do any preparation just because you make an appointment. I had 9 Modules for Chief Mate plus 2 modules for Barge Supervisor for a total of 11 modules. What she said is pretty accurate. All the tests are printed up while you wait. I asked the proctor to print them up for me and have them ready, that I intended to take as many as I could. He did not listen. He just printed them up after he graded my previous one. It only took a day and a half, though. They were very friendly and there is plenty of testing seats available.
PS when I was there they did not have a star finder in the testing area. I do not know how to identify stars without it. There is a way…I just don’t know how. They let me use my personal star finder. I would suggest bringing yours just in case.