First, a little background: I am just been approved to test and am awaiting my approval letter (hopefully tomorrow) so I can make an appointment. A couple of years ago I took the 1600 mate exam with oceans endorsement. So, including the celestial test, I took my exams on a Monday through Thursday. I am certain that I tested on a Monday through Thursday.
Now I am looking for dates to upgrade to 1600 master. On the NMC website for REC appointments, exams are being shown as being offered three days a week - not four or five.
Questions: Do exams still have to start on a Monday? Are they only testing three days a week? Can I schedule exams on consecutive days of availability; or, do I have to wait until there are three consecutive days available in the same week, starting on a Monday? Anybody have the telephone number of an actual person in Miami REC?
Here is what is shown on the NMC website: the Miami REC is showing exam availability on May 24 and May 26. But May 25 is not shown on the list. Those are the only two dates shown for next week. Same thing the following week - only Tue. and Wed. shown (Monday is Memorial Day).
The Long Beach REC lists three days next week - but May 24 but does not say anything about availability to test on May 24. It then lists May 25 and May 26 of that week as says there are available spots. Again, no mention of Thursday and Fridays.
So I called the NMC and asked them about this. They gave me three telephone numbers for the Miami REC. I had previously tried the first two numbers. I called the third number, and, like the other two numbers, the very same recording referred me back to NMC and did not give me the option to talk to a person in Miami. Three telephone numbers for the Miami REC with the exact same message and no option to speak to a person!
I then called the Long Beach REC. I got a recording that allowed me to leave my telephone number and a message. I did, but I am not holding my breath.