Is all of M-M taking the test now, or just you?
I took the test a couple of months ago, and have to agree, it's fairly easy if you've kept your nose in the Code book on a regular basis.
It seems like the "seat of the pants" electricians might have quite a time with it. So far, I'm the only one in our company (about 30 guys) that has even applied. Most of the others seem to view it with dread and apprehension.
The benefits of certification won't come up 'til 2005. At this point it's just another card in the wallet. (My picture came out looking like a human Manatee)...S