Update 7/22/20: Passed my private pilot checkride 2 days ago! Did the left-turning power-on stall with a wing dropping but not enough to go into the incipient phase of the spin. DPE was good with it. Update 2/23/20: my instructor confirmed that I actually was in a spin and not a wing drop. At 2 rotations in, he did intervene. Yesterday, I practiced power ons with the cfi until I was comfortable. Then we did incipient spin recovery until I was comfortable with those. Basically we did a power-on stall and he told me to maintain heading only using ailerons. Wing dropped and saw the ground then he told me to recover which I did successfully a few times. Feel a lot better and more comfortable about this now. Some background: I live in the Chicago land area. I'm 48 years old. Weather in the winter make checkride scheduling a repetitive task in my humble opinion. My CFI said I was ready for my checkride in September 2019. I scheduled my checkride about 4 times and it was cancelled all 4 times. It was cancelled the first 2 times because the DPE was sick. Then it was cancelled due to weather. Then it was cancelled because the aircraft had an issue and had to go in for maintenance. Due to vacation time I had scheduled and bad weather, I finally was able to go up on Feb 17, 2020 with a CFI to see what I was weak on. My last flight was Dec. 29, 2019. I actually inadvertently spun a Cessna 172S 180HP while trying to perform a power-on stall recovery. In my over 100 hours worth of training, I NEVER was in a spin situation. I actually froze a bit and my CFI had to recover. My CFI asked me if I was ok to do it again and I said yes. After he demonstrated the power-on stall recovery, I tried it again and yet again I inadvertently entered the same left spin and was again shocked and CFI had to recover again. He demonstrated what I was doing wrong and showed me how to recover from the spin. I then tried the power-on stall again and it was not perfect but better than the spin I was in before (lol). I will say this: We are all taught the (P)ower idle (A)ilerons neutral (R)udder opposite the spin (E)levator forward to break the spin acronym and I had it memorized. But I completely froze when I was confronted with that situation. Also some folks say that it's hard to get a Cessna 172 to spin. After this experience, I wholeheartedly disagree. After the flight, my CFI says to go ahead and schedule my checkride. I was confused because I thought for sure I should not even think about it until the power-on stall recovery maneuver was solid. My CFI said that it's good to schedule the checkride now since DPEs are scheduling a month or more out. He said by that time I should be good to go and was just a little rusty right now on that specific maneuver. I called him the next day asking if he offered spin recovery training. He said that he did offer it and I was a safe pilot to ask for that kind of training. He again asked me if I had scheduled my checkride yet but I told him that I felt a little gun shy doing so since I froze during the spin both times. He said spin training is not a required for the Private certificate and to focus on the PPL before taking the spin training. Of course, he didn't mind offering it before the PPL but it's just not a requirement for it. Just curious what are your thoughts on this situation. Is this unusual? Have you ever been in a similar situation and froze? Am I right to be a little checkride shy?