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    Unhappy Failed 293 today!

    Well I went in this morning with confidence after studying this test for about 3 months and failed today with a 550 score...I just feel horrible after all of this reading and practice testing (also this is my first failed test for the MCSE track) The only good thing is I used the Second Shot voucher, but I don't know when to reschedule...There's a side of me that wants to schedule on Monday or Tues. to get it over with and pass this time, and there's a side of me that doesn't want to fail again too soon. I don't know what more to study for, I even looked at the result sheet and there's only one category it was really low on, besides that everything else was up there. Any pointers anyone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RomBUS View Post
    . . . I don't know what more to study for, I even looked at the result sheet and there's only one category it was really low on, besides that everything else was up there. Any pointers anyone?
    Which category was it?
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    The lowest categories I got in are: "Plan, Implement, and Maintain a Network Infrastructure" and "Plan, Implement, and Maintain Routing and Remote Access"

    The rest were passed the middle area
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    Sorry to hear you didn't pass. I would hit technet to get more information on the areas that were harder for you. It also helps to go through the exam objectives and make sure you are solid on them.
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    Hmm I never thought about Technet...how would I use that to study for the test? Do I just look up articles on the categories or?
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    I use technet a lot. I am working on the 680 and it helps fill in some of the errors. You should also check out some of Hyper-Me's posts, they are helpful in filling in blanks as well

    Just go to Technet and search for server 2003. There are lots of articles, you can get eval versions for labbing, lots of resources available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RomBUS View Post
    Hmm I never thought about Technet...how would I use that to study for the test? Do I just look up articles on the categories or?
    As you're reading or taking practice tests jot down anything you're not sure you're sure about. Then look up the words describing those technologies or concepts. Looking up categories is an OK approach too.
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    Have you tried Transcender practice exams? Those really helped me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Johnson View Post
    Have you tried Transcender practice exams? Those really helped me.
    I actually use Transcender as one of the main resources for studying...Im actually thinking of using the CBT Nugget videos.
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    Sorry to hear RomBus. I think that using the CBTNuggets may also fill in the gaps. I like watching them, some overlap from the 291/290 videos too, and you can use the fast speed option during playback. This test covers so many bases, I don't think 291 is the beast anymore. Good luck, you will get it soon enough.

    What kind of scores are you getting when taking the Transcender tests? I try to use them as a final judge on how I will score on the test, without taking the practice tests too much, other wise it can turn into a answer memorization problem.
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    Well an update on this....I went in this morning to take the test (after studying an extra month) and FAILED again with the same EXACT score...but now I scored lower/higher in different categories...this is starting to frustrate me (I think it already has)

    I dont know what else to turn to, I used CBTNuggets, Transcender, little bit of the MS book, the Syngress book to review because I read the whole thing already, and used Wedge1988's little study guide, and I actually did labs (using Virtual PC) this time

    The exam was 45 questions with a crapload of sims....I lost count at 5 or 6
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    Sorry to hear that Rombus.
    I failed this late last year and I have been pi$$ed off about it ever since. I got a 674 or something like that, my first fail. I've not done much studying since either but just recently I'm back into it and I have booked this evil test for the the end of next month. The 293 is deffo the new beast.

    Don't give up though. Do you have access to any kit where you can lab up as much as possible? A couple of months ago I bought a cheap Proliant ML115 and I have bought a Technet subsciption whilst the discount offer was on, and installed hyper-v. I felt I needed to do this to make the labs I need to get this test out of the way.

    I find the Testout for the 293 covers everything pretty well, this is the first exam I have come accross where I would say the Testout training is better than the CBT Nuggets. If you have the opportunity, I would recommend Testout.

    You will nail it next time round I'm sure.

    Good luck!
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    Thanks for the encouragement mrmcmint, I need any kind of a pick-me-up right now. I feel like I know nothing now, all that studying got me nowhere. And Microsoft knows how to rub it in too, they make me wait 2 WEEKS of anxiety for me to schedule a third try...

    I mean I run the labs locally on my main rig at home, It's able to run 2 Windows 2003 OS' easily (I just use the Evaluation version to get me where I need to be, its free 30 days so I take advantage) and a couple of clients

    I really cant afford a seperate machine just committed to labbing due to my only income is relying on unemployment (sucks a lot)
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    RomBUS, sorry to hear about the fail again. I have this scheduled for next Tuesday, I keep pushing it back, I want to make sure I don't fail this thing again. I think the issue for me is that it covers so much and I am usually about to piss my pants after 3 1/2 hours of sitting there. The old bladder just isn't what it used to be, LOL.

    I think I had the same amount of sims last summer. By the scores, if you look at both, what are the weak areas? Is your system able to handle a few more VM's, even if it slows to a crawl? The Testout software I am using is pretty good to, the sims load good. Not sure if you can get your hands on a copy.

    I can't seem to find my last printout, so I am going in fresh this year on it. I thought someone posted that the questions aren't as wordy as they were last year. What is your outlook?

    Not sure if it is against the NDA to post what areas/scores you are getting, but it might help to post those so maybe someone can provide some suggestions.
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    Re-scheduled it for May 20th!

    Hopefully the 3x a charm thing really works!
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    Good luck with it Rombus!
    I'm still following Motogp's advice and labbing as much as poss
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    Good luck,

    It can be frustrating that you are unable to conquer this subject, but that doesn't mean that you don't know anything. Maybe you have just had crummy luck in the past and drew all the questions that are your weak points. Maybe this time you can get a more balanced test.
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    Talking Beast slayed!

    I just came back from the test center and scored with an 805! IM SO HAPPY I got this over with especially failing it two times it was definitely started to get to me but good thing I maintained my composure in there.

    The test consisted of 45 questions and had about 5-6 Sims

    Thanks to those who helped keep my head up during the wait period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RomBUS View Post
    I just came back from the test center and scored with an 805! IM SO HAPPY I got this over with especially failing it two times it was definitely started to get to me but good thing I maintained my composure in there.

    The test consisted of 45 questions and had about 5-6 Sims

    Thanks to those who helped keep my head up during the wait period.

    ONTO 294! (hopefully not as hard!)
    Congrats
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    Congrats man. Good score!
    No longer work in IT. Play around with stuff sometimes still and fix stuff for friends and relatives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RomBUS View Post
    I just came back from the test center and scored with an 805! IM SO HAPPY I got this over with especially failing it two times it was definitely started to get to me but good thing I maintained my composure in there.

    The test consisted of 45 questions and had about 5-6 Sims

    Thanks to those who helped keep my head up during the wait period.

    ONTO 294! (hopefully not as hard!)
    Wow nice! And a better score than me, 293 was a tough one for me. Comparatively I rocked 294, but I really dug the material.
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    Congrats rombus!!!!
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    Congrats! See you in the 294 forum.
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    Congrats!
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