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October 17, 2005


I'm trying not to get tooo frustrated....

Passing score: 790 My score: 740

Apparently there's no way to pass unless you complete one of those router scenarios... Yup. Skipped both of them. Think maybe it did me in?

The first one came early on in the test. ISDN config. I kept running into some kind of syntax error and it wouldn't let me get any further. I admit it - I panicked. With only 1.5 min per question (on the average), I didn't want to spend too long on that one scenario and miss 10 other questions that I wouldn't even get to see. So I put what I could and just clicked next. One scenario might not hurt if I do well enough on the rest of everything else, right?

I kept moving through the test with my fingers crossed. Then I hit the second scenario. It was about halfway through the test. Configure Frame Relay. No problem. I do that all the time. I went to create the subinterfaces... DOINK! Incomplete command. What? I tried a few things. Nope. That's not it, either. I looked at the time. Yup...I have a few minutes. So I thought about it for a bit. I tried different ways of trying to enter the command...different things I might have forgotten to put on the end. Nope. That wasn't it, either. Okay...maybe the simulator won't let you go from S0/0 to another interface. Back out... Try again. DOINK! Incomplete command. The most frustrating part of it is that I knew what to configure ON the subinterfaces. But you can't configure them until you create them! And you don't know what's after that 'next' button... Hmmm...do I or don't I have enough time to work on this some more? Nope. Click next.

Right there, I'm sure I was done for. Two major scenario questions and I skipped over most of the both of them. I'm not sure if you get partial credit for what you enter or if the whole thing has to be right to get the points. The whole testing process is a big secret. The only thing I do know is: once you click 'next' you can't return to the question later.

When I finished the exam, I had 26 min left to spare. Last time I took that test, I only had 3 min leftover at the end. How was I to know that I DID have time to work on those questions? And by the time I knew, I was unable to return to the question. Me = screwed²

Okay. So I'm a little upset about the whole thing. I wanted to pass it so that I'd have a strong leg to stand on at my yearly review this Thursday... But, there's nothing I can do about it now. I can't even retake the exam until after 23 Oct (according to the Cisco Exam Policy). And I can't help but feel my time and energy has been wasted.

Master Chief: "I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A bird will fall frozen dead from a bow, without ever having felt sorry for itself."

So I need a plan. I guess the only way I'm going to pass this test is to be at the top of my game. Someone with CCIE-level knowledge would have no problem with this test. I have to find a way to get myself to that point. I spoke with my supervisor and told her about the test. I guess it's still to be seen (Thurs) whether or not this affects my performance review and/or my yearly raise and bonus. But, regardless... I still have to retake and pass this test. I remember seeing a drawer full of 1700 routers collecting dust at the Framingham office. I'm going to borrow one and configure the interfaces over and over until I get ALL the syntax exactly right. I need to do it until it becomes as natural as sneezing. And not just for ISDN and Frame Relay. I also have to configure all the other possible scenarios covered by the exam. There's no guarantee that I will or won't get those same scenarios. I have to be ready for anything that could get thrown my way. And I have to know it inside out, upside down, backwards and forwards. I have to recognize it whether it's in plain sight or hidden behind a tree. I have to know everything about all aspects of Remote Access as a FACT - not 'if I think about it for a while' or 'sometimes get it mixed up a bit'... I have to know. And I have to be sure about it. And I have to get it right *every* time.

So in keeping with that, I'm on my way to Framingham to borrow a router.

Posted by BlueWolf on October 17, 2005 11:58 AM