I am in Texas, just to clarify:
I would look up your info on your state's website if they have a candidate section that tracks your progress. I paid my $20 fee to the TEXAS STATE BOARD OF ACCOUNTANCY on Friday 1/11/13. I received my approval to sit on Tuesday, 1/16/13. I then had to wait for the NASBA to send me a payment coupon. I didn't wait to get it in the mail or email - I just went back and logged into their website to see if it was there (I did the 'reprint my payment coupon' option). The ability to print my coupon was there on Thursday, 1/17/11. I then PAID my fee to take the exam yesterday afternoon (Thursday, 1/17/11), and then checked back on the NASBA website to see if I could "Reprint my NTS" since I had not received it in my email. It let me do that about 3-4 hours after I had paid my exam fee. THEN I could schedule my exam with that info. I had no idea it such a LONG, drawn-out process even after you had been approved to sit for the exam!!
I don't know if this helps you, but I am scheduled to take my exam on Friday 1/25/13. I think you are sitting good.
Also, just call your state board of accountancy and ask any questions you may have - that's why we pay the fees :)