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    Well guys I failed it, it was expected in a way, but I'm happy. I got a 633...

    Break down:
    EIGRP 66%
    OSPF 20% < a low score was expected
    ISIS 28% < a low score was expected

    IOS 70%
    BGP 36% < higher than expected
    multicast 50%
    IPv6 62%



    The score for OSPF and ISIS were expected. ISIS was pretty much glanced over during my
    review. I didn't put much time on it as I did the others. The same goes for OSPF, I was planning
    on reviewing it for a 3rd time but due to time constraints I wasn't able to. BGP was higher than
    expected as I was having difficulties during studies/review. In any case I am happy with the results.

    I plan on taking the exam again in 2 weeks time, it should be enough to study the 3 low scored
    subjects. I will also review the other subject and try to improve the score.

    btw I'm happy because I wasn't expecting such a "high" score while working 2 full time jobs
    Better luck next time man. You'll get it. I was nailed on ISIS and BGP both so I would expect to have to know those both very very well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wat08
    Whole lotta money for a whole lotta nothing. Unless of course you enjoy pointless analogies and verbosity. Money is better spent on a self-study guide that gives you more than just the bare essentials for passing the exam.
    I like the books, but sometimes it helps to watch the videos as an aid, but certainly not as an all or nothing guide to pass the exam.
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    My main source of material for this exam is the BSCI Cisco Press book, but the video's certainly help to get the basic's nailed down.
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    I read/watch in this order, lab work is done after every topic.

    Routing TCP/IP Vol 1 and 2
    BSCI Study Guide
    Train Sig
    CBT Nugg
    BSCI Exam Guide

    BSCI Lab Portfolio
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    i'm liking CBT Nuggets. wish i'd come across them while doing the ccna.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qplayed
    I read/watch in this order, lab work is done after every topic.

    Routing TCP/IP Vol 1 and 2
    BSCI Study Guide
    Train Sig
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    you need to spend more time labbing more elaborate lab scenarios and debugging them as well to see the processes of whats going on. Get a practice exam as well to get your testing comfort level up also
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    Quote Originally Posted by qplayed
    I read/watch in this order, lab work is done after every topic.

    Routing TCP/IP Vol 1 and 2
    BSCI Study Guide
    Train Sig
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    BSCI Exam Guide

    BSCI Lab Portfolio
    you need to spend more time labbing more elaborate lab scenarios and debugging them as well to see the processes of whats going on. Get a practice exam as well to get your testing comfort level up also
    what do you mean by practice exams?
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    what do you mean by practice exams?
    transcender or boson have very good test sims for this and other NP related exams. what are you using to lab with as well? dynamips, real gear or some other lab software? I would suggest getting real IOS time with dynamips or somebody's rack.
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    i thought you were talking about brain dumps(which I hate)

    I do not have access to either transcender or boson, I only use what the cisco press exam
    guide provides. I'm using GNS3/dynamips/gen, I have real gear but was spoiled with an access
    server which I do not have currently so I'm working on dynamips/gns3. I'm very comfortable with
    cisco testing...i jest never knwo where the time goes it always seems to be a blur after I take
    test.
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    You'll be OK. Just stick to your weak sections, and get back in the mix. Now you know what the test is like, it'll be no prob the next time around. Good luck!
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    Default Round 2!

    Sitting in for a retake in 6 hours!
    PAST Results:
    EIGRP 66%, OSPF 20%, ISIS 28%, IOS 70%, BGP 36%, multicast 50%, IPv6 62%

    Let's see how we do, this time around, OSPF and ISIS should improve, along with everything else.

    Twitter update at:
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    I'll post results after the exam PASS or FAIL!
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    Good luck!
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    Good Luck!!

    Post time.... add 6 hours plus estimated exam time -- check twitter. Got It!!

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    Way to get back up on that horse! Good luck, this one scares the crap out of me!
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    10 days should give you plenty of time to solidify your base and bring up those pesky problem areas....

    Post your breakdown again when you get a chance -- drowning your sorrows after an exam is still a reward for all your study, and motivation to try it again (and again, and again).
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    EIGRP 55%, < down
    OSPF 40%, < up
    ISIS 57%, < up
    IOS 60%, < down must;ve been ip address-helper!
    BGP 54%, < up
    multicast 87%, < up
    IPv6 37% < down

    I'm sad and happy at the same time....10day ! IPv6 review tonight!
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    ....now how should I attack this. Should I use the same study pattern?
    Exam Guide > TS > LAB > Study Guide or Doyle > CBT ....
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    hit the exam and study guides..... really knuckle down on your weak areas... but also don't forget to browse over and revise the areas you seem to be strong on.

    Get some extra lab work in.... Maybe take notes on certain aspects of your weak area to help you really remember that information...

    Remember it's no good if you just remember the stuff for the exam then forget it all as soon as you pass.......

    P.S - Good Luck for that third attempt!
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    round 3 scheduled 08-13-2009!
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    Good luck man! Hope it goes well.
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    August 13, 2009 BSCI Round 3 at Abram Friedman Occupational Center 6PM...
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    First off, good luck on the 13th!

    Secondly...because you have taken the test twice, YOU ARE YOUR OWN BRAINDUMP! Treat it like that. Just looking at your scores, it seems that you may be bombing out on the simulators. I would try to remember those questions and work on those because if you bomb the simulators, there is NO WAY you're going to pass.

    Thirdly...look at diagrams and pics as much as you can. I recently passed the BSCI on the first try and I spent a lot of time hunting down diagrams that I could commit to memory. There was a brilliant one on OSPF where some guy explained the difference between Stub and NSSA areas. It was much easier to comprehend than just reading it.

    Lastly...don't study too much on the day before the exam. Let your brain coalesce the knowledge...make it into a story. And..if you feel you're not prepared, you have 24hrs to cancel/change the exam date. There is no need to give Cisco more of your money if you're not ready.

    I have a feeling you'll pass this time. Good Luck!
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    I don't think I bombed the sims, but its possible. In th event I bomb this one again, i'm taking time off and start BCMSN for a change. I'll review BSCI along the way and take the composite at the end of the year.

    That's the plan for now. I don't mind(I do!) paying for the exams, its the nature fo the beast. It would be great to pass the exam(s) in one shot like i did when i took the CCNA composite. Who knows maybe I'll be better at taking the CCNP composite .

    One thing I am suprised on is a few acquaintances and colleagues have suggested using the d*mps just to pass. I can't believe that people put in the hours to read and do labs to just use d*mps. A total waste of time IMHO.
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    One thing I am suprised on is a few acquaintances and colleagues have suggested using the d*mps just to pass. I can't believe that people put in the hours to read and do labs to just use d*mps. A total waste of time IMHO.

    IMHO...you can't pass the BSCI on dumps alone. If someone used the dumps..

    1) They would have to research to make sure it was the right answer.

    2) They would have to read and study just to understand the concepts behind the answer.

    Personally, I think programs like Transcenders are helpful because you need a lot of practice questions so you can direct your studies and get key concepts under your belt. Microsoft tests can be easily passed with a braindump...Cisco tests?...you're going to have to study. But, like I said in my previous post, you've taken the test twice so you should be fairly familiar with what they will ask you.

    Did you study alone or in a study group? Although I haven't had the opportunity to use study groups lately, they are nice because you can help each other fill in knowledge gaps...and not feel so alone.

    ps. I took a summer class at Abe Friedman, in the day. The ugliest building in L.A.! LOL
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