Yes, folks...I passed another test.
Technically I am now an MCSE on Windows 2000. Since my previous electives (for MCSE on NT4) still count, I've already attained the title. But - I'll still be taking the other two tests.
Am I crazy? No. Well...I may be crazy, but not for that reason. ;) I'm taking the other two tests as "insurance." The two electives I have could be retired at any time. Once the electives are retired, I would be required to take other electives to replace them. It's just easier to do it now and get it over with. PLUS... I'm applying to Excelsior College to finally get a degree. The last two tests also happen to count towards upper level college credit.
I'm so glad to finally have the pressure off, though. These other tests are padding and not hanging over my head like the sword of Damocles. So I can kick back and read like a normal geek.
I took Monday and Tuesday of this week off work to study. Yes, it was like homeschool for geeks. I got the book in the mail last Friday and spent Sat, Mon and Tues from around 7:30am until 11:30pm reading, reading, reading. I read the study guide cover to cover in just three (long) days. And then I spent Wednesday doing practice tests. I took the test Thursday morning and passed.
I don't know what kind of score I got...this was another one of those infamous PASS/FAIL type of tests. (I hate those type.) I was pretty nervous when I clicked the "end test" button to see the grade... but apparently I did well enough to pass.
Yes, I only want to pass. If I ace the test, I've overstudied. With these tests, I just want to pass and get them over with... Call it a piss-poor attitude if you will, but I don't see how dragging and dropping blocks of text correlates to being able to perform the job. I don't want to waste my time studying the footnotes of the Resource Kit to play some twisted Trivial Pursuit game with Microsoft. I would much rather get my ticket stamped (by passing the tests) and then get down to business. Yes, I want to master the concepts. Yes, I want to be able to solve any troubleshooting problem and configure things correctly. But that comes after the ticket is punched. It's only when you put down the study guides and pick up the "Mastering" books and work on real-life problems that you really begin to know what you're doing. I've always felt that I learned more through my curiosity and thirst for knowledge than I ever will through standardized studies. No network is ever "standard." And the more you know about how to properly configure something, the less you need to know how to troubleshoot... 8^P
Anyway... I'm getting a nosebleed up here on this soap box... Thanks to those who have been so patient with me while I've been studying. Your encouragement and consideration has helped me to get through it.
Posted by BlueWolf on April 18, 2003 10:54 PM