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    NOOOOOOO

    Wow....dude.... sorry about the setback.

    But 762 is pretty damn close for a 1st-timer :]


    But now i'm Confused.
    How Much of this Exam is "Hands-on Simulations" versus standard "Multiple Choice" questions?

    I had assumed the Cisco Exams were Heavily Hands-on (the OPPOSITE of CompTia)....

    but perhaps this is not true?
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    NOOOOOOO

    Wow....dude.... sorry about the setback.

    But 762 is pretty damn close for a 1st-timer :]


    But now i'm Confused.
    How Much of this Exam is "Hands-on Simulations" versus standard "Multiple Choice" questions?

    I had assumed the Cisco Exams were Heavily Hands-on (the OPPOSITE of CompTia)....

    but perhaps this is not true?
    Ironically I felt I did good on the sims. They weren't hard just time consuming. I think that's one thing I need to work on, is take a practice exam or 10 in 90 minutes.

    But one thing I've learned with learning and IT. Never be afraid of failure, sometimes failure is truly needed in order to succeed.

    I'm just more determined to pass now. Going to get a cold beer and relax for a bit and in an hour get back to the books.

    Positive note, at-least I got subnetting down cold. Those questions took me less than 40 seconds to figure out.

    Just wish those dam dry erase pens werent so blunt, makes writing put a table on that board a science all upon it self.
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    Just be careful you don't burn yourself out. Over studying can leave you second guessing yourself. Good luck I'm sure you'll ace it. I'm a strong believer of the motto that you'll get out what you put in..
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    Resceduled the exam for the 17th @ 3:45 pm. - I'm passing this thing, I'm kind of pissed off looking over this blueprint line for line and to think I got the basics wrong makes me shake-my-head.

    like of all things I swear I'd fail on like, ACL's/NAT and those were the easiest by far.

    IP Routing technology is making me shake-my-head too cause I swear I had that down cold, it really was the wording on some of them, they got some tricky wording and cause of it I second guessed myself a few times... *kicks stone - trust gut moron!* ...Network Device Security, I do that so much in my labs, shocked that's a 50%.

    ahh well just keep on labbing and this time take practice exams, word of the street is Bosom or Measure UP?
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    I can relate. It really makes you bummed out when you think "I got this" and then...you feel like you studied for the wrong test. You'll get it next time.

    One thing failing the CCNA helped me with was ideas for better lab scenarios. I had done labs but they didn't seem to cover the right frame of mind for the test.

    Regards,
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    Quote Originally Posted by alias454 View Post
    I can relate. It really makes you bummed out when you think "I got this" and then...you feel like you studied for the wrong test. You'll get it next time.

    One thing failing the CCNA helped me with was ideas for better lab scenarios. I had done labs but they didn't seem to cover the right frame of mind for the test.

    Regards,
    I concur, I covered ospf really well lets just say it's made me see things I didn't cover at all like encapsulation and relays something I'm doing more in labs for ospf.

    Ironically, in 3 books none of them covered the extent of some of the questions I got. Makes me convince I need to do practice exams this time.
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    Sorry to hear the bad news. As far as Boson vs MeasureUp, I'd argue that Boson is far better for preparing you for the exam. I bought the MeasureUp exams prior to my exams and while they were okay, they have no simulations, no simlets, etc. If you have to get one, get Boson.
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    Quote Originally Posted by koz24 View Post
    Sorry to hear the bad news. As far as Boson vs MeasureUp, I'd argue that Boson is far better for preparing you for the exam. I bought the MeasureUp exams prior to my exams and while they were okay, they have no simulations, no simlets, etc. If you have to get one, get Boson.
    Meh, I was prepared to fail anyways. Failure isn't always a bad things.

    will source out Boson.

    Quote Originally Posted by volfkhat View Post
    But now i'm Confused.
    How Much of this Exam is "Hands-on Simulations" versus standard "Multiple Choice" questions?
    I know for a fact I can't answer this for you, because of NDA, but there is enough and their timing is always at the worst time.
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    liking this Boson NETsim 10, these are pretty interesting. will do as many of these tonight as I can...
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    I know for a fact I can't answer this for you, because of NDA, but there is enough and their timing is always at the worst time.
    Umm... okay. lol

    How about this:
    100-101 ICND1 - IT Certification and Career Paths - Cisco Systems

    According to Cisco, your exam was 45-55 questions; and 90 minutes.
    Would you say this is accurate?

    Also, does the Exam allow you to SKIP questions and Come back to them later (Like Comptia exams)?
    [EDIT: Looks like the anser is NO- http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/exams/index_e.html ]

    Thanks :]
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    Great attitude. Sucks you failed it but one test is not what this is all about. Enjoy the journey. For me I know I struggled with the time management. Other then that it's really just hard to know what to expect until you have taken it once.

    Good Luck on the retest.
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    Wow, that sucks to hear man. I guess I'll have to scratch this off my list. With all of the study and prep you put into it, I was sure you'd pass. And I'm sure I wouldn't put near as much effort into it as you did.
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    You'll get it next time for sure! I think now you've seen what kind of questions they ask, and they way they ask them, you'll nail it next time.

    My guess is a 902 on your next one
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    It truly wasn't a walk in the park, but I entered rested, alert, and not jittery, I account this to the Focus+ supplement the past two weeks but I've failed so many times, with other IT exams, I wasn't upset. If anything I'm more determined to succeed now.

    Positive note: I wasn't able to do this solo but on the test I did all of the subnetting in my head for the most part quickly, only looked at the subnetting graph a few times. I focused heavily the past few weeks on subnetting, acl's and NAT and those were the areas I ace'd.

    Let just say a few of the sims covered my strong points and I wizzed right through them.

    I like the Boson exams now, cause it feels like a Cisco one, but I like the study mode cause a few of the questions I can see where the wording is what throws me off and unlike other exams I've taken you can't go back so that new to me. Just going to keep taking them to see how things are worded and my only hope is hard work will pay off.

    Just hope it isn't 5 exams till then, cause I'd shell it out until I pass!

    hey... at-least I finally did sit the exam after 6 months, now I know where to work more. I kind of wanted a dry run, if I passed awesome if not it does server a purpose. Money to me is not my concern, learning is.

    Quote Originally Posted by JoJoCal19 View Post
    Wow, that sucks to hear man. I guess I'll have to scratch this off my list. With all of the study and prep you put into it, I was sure you'd pass. And I'm sure I wouldn't put near as much effort into it as you did.
    I beg to differ I think you should do it. "Nothing great was ever achieved because it was easy but because it was hard", I think JFK said that.

    I remember that from some place and a quote Arnold S. said is what I live by with my certification pursuits and in life...." "....'Don't be afraid to fail'....Anything I ever attempted, I was always willing to fail, you can't always win but don't be afraid to make decision that make you fail, you can't be paralyzed by fear of failure or you will never push yourself. You keep pushing because you believe in yourself and your vision and you know it's the right thing to do and success will come....So don't be afraid to fail!"....

    See as many know I'm learning disabled so I have a really hard time learning, but I've been more determined that most I know to overcome my handicap and succeed. If I need to invest another 1500 hours of study so be it. I will succeed.
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    I like the Boson exams now, cause it feels like a Cisco one, but I like the study mode cause a few of the questions I can see where the wording is what throws me off
    Is this the product you refer to:
    100-101 ICND1 CCENT Practice Exam | Boson

    If so, i'm gonna get it today
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    Quote Originally Posted by volfkhat View Post
    Is this the product you refer to:
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    If so, i'm gonna get it today
    Indeed.
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    See as many know I'm learning disabled so I have a really hard time learning, but I've been more determined that most I know to overcome my handicap and succeed. If I need to invest another 1500 hours of study so be it. I will succeed.
    Inspiring Dude.

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    Well I re-read the sections I was weak on and retool a boson exam and got a 945.

    Just going to keep reading Odom's book and take chapter exams until the 17th.
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    Changing up my study routine.

    Never took much notes before so I'm re-reading Odom's Book read 1 through 17 today, and once I'm done with it, do Chris Bryant Video's again, then review chapter notes, and then do Boson until I get at-least a 90% or above Once I get that I'll retake the exam soon and not wait weeks and weeks.

    If i need to drive two hours to a testing center that open on a Saturday so be it.
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    I beg to differ I think you should do it. "Nothing great was ever achieved because it was easy but because it was hard", I think JFK said that.

    I remember that from some place and a quote Arnold S. said is what I live by with my certification pursuits and in life...." "....'Don't be afraid to fail'....Anything I ever attempted, I was always willing to fail, you can't always win but don't be afraid to make decision that make you fail, you can't be paralyzed by fear of failure or you will never push yourself. You keep pushing because you believe in yourself and your vision and you know it's the right thing to do and success will come....So don't be afraid to fail!"....

    See as many know I'm learning disabled so I have a really hard time learning, but I've been more determined that most I know to overcome my handicap and succeed. If I need to invest another 1500 hours of study so be it. I will succeed.
    It's not that cut and dry honestly. At this point in my career the CCENT doesn't do anything for me. And at this time I don't have plans to pursue the Cisco Security track (another story in and of itself). It's more the knowledge that I am after. So I have no problem reading through Lammle's book and labbing some, to make sure I have a decent understanding of the topics. But I'm not going to kill myself or put forth the effort to pass the CCENT exam. I've followed all of your threads and I remember you've mentioned your learning disability. I've seen the effort you put into certs, and I have no problem admitting that when it comes to the CCENT, I'm not putting forth as much effort as you have man. But I know you're going to hit it hard and not stop until you've completed your goal
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    Did some thinking before and I think I'm going to use the equipment I have at home and make a small OSPF lab, now that I got the 3750G's that I used in the VMware cluster, saved the config for later. I think I'm going to go with this design:

    Hardware:
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    going to make a decent sized OSPF lab - thoughts..JPG
    my reasoning partially, is the exam says I suck at: Operation of IP Data Networks, IP routing, and Network Device Security.

    So with that being said, you'll notice in the picture of the hardware is a orange cable on the right, each one is a management connection per switch connection into the HP Procurve 2910al MDF switch, going to apply an ACL only allowing telnet into those switches but only from the 3750's downward and accessing the routers with SSH only from the Procurve and my Office PC's IP, I know sound convoluted but I got a few security questions on the exam I swear I got right but just to be sure....

    As for routing, well making an extremely overkill and redundant OSPF area with layers of redundancy and I plan on intentionally breaking it with changing areas and adding encapsulation/relays.

    As for the Operations of IP Data Networks, I honestly have no bloody idea how I scored so low on that one, that's like the basics, it behooves me honestly... cause it's basically telling me I don't understand the basics of a switch and a hub and their difference as-well as half/full duplex, make me go

    .... like if I didn't know IP Data Networks and IP routing, I wouldn't have been able to make a complex (well to me) core/distro/access setup: dual router vrrp core and dual L3 switch distro (redundant uplinks/trunks) with a 6 switch access layer stack by myself with a OSPF area 0 and static routes @ 150 with 10 vlans at my work last month. Maybe making that at work solo gave me a false sense of understanding, those Dell switches were easy to setup after I did all the visio designing and subnet design with VLSM.

    and yes, it's getting very very very warm in my office after 6 hours of labbing, half of the lab is built....

    Thoughts, suggestions?
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    Sorry to know, was eagerly waiting for your success post.. even i am preparing to take the test. All the best buddy.
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    You said that you have Odom's books, right? I would use the CD from the CCENT book and install the Pearson practice tests. It will allow you to take the "Do I know This" questions at the beginning of each chapters, end of section tests, along with a practice test. While taking the practice test I would mark the questions you are not 100% sure on. When you are done, review the auestions you got wrong along with the questions you marked for review regardless of if you got them right or wrong. By reading the explanations you'll be able to tell whether or not your reasoning was correct.

    Might also want to check for errata as well as for supplemental appendices on the CiscoPress website.
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    I was so confident that you would Pass.
    You already have so many Certifications.
    762 is a high score.Maybe you need a lot
    more practice questions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thomas_ View Post
    You said that you have Odom's books, right? I would use the CD from the CCENT book and install the Pearson practice tests. It will allow you to take the "Do I know This" questions at the beginning of each chapters, end of section tests, along with a practice test. While taking the practice test I would mark the questions you are not 100% sure on. When you are done, review the auestions you got wrong along with the questions you marked for review regardless of if you got them right or wrong. By reading the explanations you'll be able to tell whether or not your reasoning was correct.

    Might also want to check for errata as well as for supplemental appendices on the CiscoPress website.
    Been re-reading Odom's book. read 380 pages yesterday from 9 am till 7 pm, had day off, Last night and right now I'm re-doing my home-lab. a little bit later I'll re-do the subnetting workbook, going to do a few more of them each day leading up to the exam.

    Got Boson's ExSim and and NETsim 10's, been using them. I'm not taking it till I get a high 90 on that, but I'm going ballz to the wallz every day and night until I get it, in the eyes of cisco.


    Quote Originally Posted by satishtech View Post
    I was so confident that you would Pass.
    You already have so many Certifications.
    762 is a high score.Maybe you need a lot
    more practice questions.
    Indeed, I thought so too. But I did rush the last 20 questions cause the clock was ticking, just need to manage my time better, so when I take the Boson exams I put 90 minutes on a stop watch and go. I'm also practicing what I write down for 10 minutes prior to the exam on a single piece of paper to mimic the dry erase board. Now that I know the exam's format, more the reason I'll be focusing on Boson to get really comfortable with the exam so I'm not shocked.

    Ironically, the one thing I thought that would bog me down and it was the easiest thing ever to do and that was subnetting. Never knew those 300+ subnetting drills actually paid off.
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