I attested to OTVII in October 2007, after 12 years on the level and 20+ years in Scientology. At that stage I would never of guessed that less than a year later I would no longer even be a Scientologist ! Here is my experience on OTVII and my thoughts about it now : My journey up the Bridge had been pretty straight forward ( except for an 18 month detour on staff in the class V org – which I can only describe as quite insane ). I felt I had had good wins on OTV - life was going very well. Hubby and I had our own business and we were making lots of money - we were also donating lots of money to various Org projects, we had our whole Bridge paid for and one complete L's package ( 12 ints ). We were OLs in the field and we were treated like we were important. I got onto to OTVII relatively easily, but was rather disappointed to find that after finishing OTV on such a win, and re-doing the solo auditor course as the first part of OTVI, that when I finally hit the confidential section I was to be handling exactly the same thing as the previous three OT levels ! I was hoping for something more - something that would help me get the abilities I had heard of when studying the PDC. I thought that this must come later and this must be the last barrier to handle. I found parts of the confidential section quite non-sequitur. But as the level is divided into two parts and the bit that I did not understand was in the second part – the part I would not yet be auditing at home – I decided not to worry about it just yet. I would clear those MU's I obviously had on my next trip – for now I thought I had more than enough to try to remember and I had been away from my job and hubby for 10 weeks – I wanted to get home. After 6 months on the level, the GAT was released - I had to go back to Flag and re do the OTVI course and eligibility - and pay a special "retread" price for this privilege . In one way I was relieved - I did not think my solo was good enough to get me through the level, despite passing the multitude of exams on OTVI. It was also an exciting time at Flag – there was a huge buzz, all the course rooms had been expanded and renovated – but even so they were packed to the rafters as every solo auditor and even those who had complete OTVIII were called back to retread. I remember there was not enough room to do a clay demo at the clay table so I was given a piece of plastic the size of a piece of paper and a lump of clay and told to do my demo on the 4 inch wide return on the course sups desk with half a dozen other students . There was not enough wall space to do my verbatim drill so I had to do it to a column with 3 other students using the other 3 sides ! RTC patrolled the course room – things were hopping and popping. I think the GAT taught me how to be a very good solo auditor - I had bought the "blind leading the blind" line that DM produced as the "why" for poor auditing skills - but on reflection the GAT drills covered a lot of data that you needed in session at home, that were not covered in the solo course pack ! Yep - the actual drills now were referencing HCOB's from even the class VIII course !!!. So in reality we had not previously been drilling with some half-wit who did not know what they were doing. No - we had been trying to audit without being taught all the required skills because they were not in the pack !!! Anyway - I was pleased that I had finally become a confident solo auditor. To my surprise when I got onto the confidential part of the “retread” I found that all the non-sequitur HCOB's had been removed !!! There were also a few major changes in the way that the level was now to be audited. New HCOBs based on LRHs actual sessions clarified previously ambiguous points and the GAT drills clarified what to do when . For eg. All pre GAT students had been spot checked by the sup before going into session. The sups had been incorrectly flunking students for something they had been doing and getting them to do it another way – this was now “corrected” with the new drills. Needless to say there had been some serious out tech on the level ! I figured that post GAT you should be able to finish the level in about 2 years - not like those pre- GAT solo auditors who had been on it for a decade or so. I had a great respect for those that had stayed on the level despite all odds for years and years. I got to meet many wonderful people – most were much more experienced and more highly trained than me. In fact I was one of the few youngsters on the level ( only just over 30 ). I was in awe of some of their “war stories” about how many times the packs had been changed oops I mean “corrected” and some of the rough conditions they had had to study in – they really had been pioneers and I felt they had made it go right long enough for the real true OT level to be put there. I felt lucky to be arriving on the level at this time !