Hi PMC..I'm actually in the testing process right now for my 1600 ton oceans. I haven't said anything because I don't want to jinx myself but I am on round 2 within my 90 days and have 1 test left to go (nav general) tomorrow! I'm hoping to bring myself some good exam room karma by helping you out here!!haha
First off..Where are you testing and are you testing soon? As you know on round 1 you have to take 2 per day and yes rules has to be first. What happens after that will depend on where you are testing. Some recs will let you pick your test on the spot and some go by the order of your approval letter. It should not be a problem to change the order on your approval letter but it has to be done in advance through your evaluator at the nmc. I may have more information that will help you depending on where you are testing, so let me know. Also..have you taken a celestial nav course? If not are you ready for that test? Most people turn in an approved cert in leiu of taking that test.