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    Default How is it that....

    ...my two co-workers passed 291 on their first attempt? Neither of the two studied much more than maybe 8 hours per week for 3 weeks. Neither guy is really "smarter" or "better than me". In fact, neither one bought any books!!! One guy even took 3 shots at passing 290!!!

    Has the beast gotten soft in it's old age or did they simply have effective methods of studying? Both have plenty of real world experience and they do come from a WAN Admin background rather than a Server admin background like I do.

    I guess I'm sort of getting nervous...I had planned to take 290 before the end of July but that date is fast approaching and I haven't put in as much effort studying as I should have. Uggh....
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    hmmm 70-290 was the worst for me as well, mainly because of the group and permissions part, in the real world these are not difficult, but the way microsoft uses it to test students is terribly confusing.

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    passed both fortunately after nearly one year of . Totally worth it!
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    You could go down the brain dump route. I accused my mate of that only because he is super smart and I am jealous of his 1st try pass, argh! :P

    But to be honest he is the type of guy that can just read the book and it sinks in. I on the other hand have to read the book twice, watch videos, lab and then ask more questions to figure out what the hell I am doing.

    Some people are just gifted I guess
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    Quote Originally Posted by knownhero View Post
    You could go down the brain dump route. I accused my mate of that only because he is super smart and I am jealous of his 1st try pass, argh! :P

    But to be honest he is the type of guy that can just read the book and it sinks in. I on the other hand have to read the book twice, watch videos, lab and then ask more questions to figure out what the hell I am doing.

    Some people are just gifted I guess
    Agree!! it takes me a few times reading material for it to sink in. It's only natural.
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    Quote Originally Posted by knownhero View Post
    You could go down the brain dump route. I accused my mate of that only because he is super smart and I am jealous of his 1st try pass, argh! :P

    But to be honest he is the type of guy that can just read the book and it sinks in. I on the other hand have to read the book twice, watch videos, lab and then ask more questions to figure out what the hell I am doing.

    Some people are just gifted I guess
    That's me to a "Tee": read it 3 times, video, lab, etc. Once I get it, the knowledge is there for good but damn if it doesn't take forever to sink in!



    These guys are good...but I doubt they went the brain dump route. It's just too risky and unreliable, not to mention, pretty damn shady hahaha.
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    Could be brain dumps. Although the first thing I thought about is the fact that real world network experience puts you miles ahead on the 291. I had my CCNA before I attempted the 291 and without that knowledge it would have been a much harder journey.
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    There is always some chance, maybe they just got questions that they had happened to have studied. Maybe xenodamus is right, maybe the 24 hours they studied was memorizing questions, or maybe they just have more experience with this kind of stuff.
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