I got my private license in the Spring of 1964 on Long Island. God, that's a long time ago!!
I had to schedule my check ride three times. At that time, the check rides were given at Zahn's airport which was right on the southern side of the Southern State Parkway. Across the SSP was the Republic Airport at Farmingdale, at that time they were busy building F-105's!! I learned how to fly at MacArthur Airport at Ronkonoma. NY. Zahn's was funky airport with two narrow runways; North-South, East-West in the shape of a tee. The East-West runway was on the North end of the North-South. Due to the proximity of the Republic Airport, every approach at Zahn's was different (only one, landing to the North was a standard left hand approach). From the North, you had to stay South of the SSP, which was very close.
The first time, as I landed, a layer of fog rolled in from the South. As I turned off the runway, the South end was already socked in. I waited several hours for the fog to clear (sort-of) and got a special VFR clearance to land back at MacArthur. My appointment time had come and gone and I had to get back to base (I was in the Air Force at the time, A2C).
The second time, I didn't know my magnetic compass was off by 25 degrees (always check it when you line up on the runway to see if the compass agrees with the runway heading). So, I got lost almost immediately when I started the simulated cross-country leg of my check ride. Pretty hard to do on Long Island!!
The FAA check pilot did run me through the rest of my check ride (Thank you, thank you!!), which I did acceptably.
The third time was the charm!!
After my discharge, my finances were limited; it was either Engineering school, FAA Airtraffic Control school, or flying. I was accepted at three Colleges, so to Engineering school I went. Thank you ERAI. That's Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute (Now University).
Yes, I was very nervous, don't know what to say to ease that. You just get as prepared as you can (take a good ground school, have a good flight instructor) and go for it!! Good flying!!