Emily is going to teach English at one of Saipan's high schools in the fall. This is of course dependent upon her being offered a job, which is dependent upon her passing the PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II, which is dependent upon her actually being registered for the PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II.
Therein lies our problem.
The PRAXIS is the CNMI's solution for meeting the mandates set out by No Child Left Behind. No Child Left Behind is that unfunded mandate that...wait a minute, let's not even go there.
PRAXIS I is a general knowledge test and PRAXIS II is a subject test. She has to pass both before she can even be considered for employment with the CNMI Public School System (although she could be a permanent substitute teacher without taking the tests).
She registered to take the PRAXIS II on Saipan over a month ago. She signed up to take the test this Saturday. She was supposed to receive in the mail some type of admission ticket that would permit her to take the test, but it never came. A local teacher told her that she could print it up online and that all she had to do was to go to the PRAXIS website, log in, and follow the directions.
When she tried that, the website wouldn't let her log in.
When she called the PRAXIS ETA hotline they told her that she wasn't registered for the test and that her name wasn't anywhere in the system. Her credit card had already been charged $115, so she was pretty sure that SOMEBODY there had heard of her.
They asked her to fax proof that she had paid for the test. She logged onto her bank account, printed up the information, and then right before sending in the fax, she called back to make sure that she had the correct fax number.
The person she spoke with this time was different from the person who told her to send in the fax. When she tried to confirm her identity a second time, the person on the phone noticed that there was somebody registered with the last name Giron"E"a in some strange country called Marianas Pacific.
It turns out that when Emily registered for the PRAXIS over the phone, the person taking down her information registered her under the wrong name and in the wrong country. You see, there is no country called Marianas Pacific. MP is the postal abbreviation for the CNMI. It is part of the United States of America.
Even though the new operator was able to fix the problem, it looks like some call center operators got left behind. Maybe they should be the ones taking an exam.
Either way, Emily is now 100% officially registered to take the PRAXIS II on Saturday. She's taking the PRAXIS I next Friday in Guam. Wish her luck!