I often get e-mails from students who feel so overwhelmed with information that they don't know where to begin the process.
The first thing everyone should do is spend at least an hour or so reading through the National Committee on Accreditions website here. The rules and policies change often and so its best to get your up-to-date information directly from them.
The second thing you want to do is join the largest facebook group for NCA students. I started that group nearly a year ago and with some hard work the group has over 1800 members at the time of this post. In this group you will find questions posed by NCA students and their answers from a variety of different people. Be cautious when taking advice from individuals online and be sure to do your homework before relying on their advice. In one instance I saw a student who had failed their criminal exam three times and after finally passing it on the forth attempt they began offering advice on how to pass that exam. It's probably best not to take advice from such an individual.
Third, read through this blog. I will endeavour to post regularly here and try and dispel some of the misconceptions floating around about the NCA process. You can also join my personal tutoring groups on both Facebook and LinkedIn On these pages you will find questions from other NCA candidates answered directly by me.
For those of you who are overwhelmed and stressed about the process, its best to take a step back compose yourselves and take the process at your own pace. You have at least 5 years to complete your assignments listed on your NCA assessment report. Some students may feel comfortable completing them all in one exam sitting, others may want to take it slow and do it over a number of years. Ultimately the decision is yours. By now, you should have a good understanding of what you are capable of doing.