In general, when a wumman enters a convent she first unnergangs an initial period o life-test for a period frae six months tae a year. If she, an the ordair, determine that she micht hae a vocation tae the life, she receives the usual-tak o the ordair (usually wi som modification tae distinguish her frae professit nuns) an unnertaks the novitiate, a period (that lasts ane to twa years) o livin the life o a nun withoot yet takin vows. Apon completion o this period she may tak her initial, temporary vows. Temporary vows last ane tae thrie years, typically, an will be professed for nae less than three years and nae more than six. Finally, she will petition tae mak her "perpetual profession", takin permanent, solemn vows.