Monday, August 17, 2009

JeRrYFaR = F A I L

WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?!!!!!!!!! *WHY* can't a pass a simple 40 question test?! 

I keep studying and for WHAT?!!!! I'm just wasting money. EVERY test costs $125.00 and I have taken it THREE times now. That's $375.00!!! I really felt like I was ready this morning to take test number 3, but apparently not. Technically I've taken it FOUR times, however my second time in one of the simulators screwed up, so I was reimbursed for that one.

I've studied like crazy for this stupid thing and it doesn't seem to matter. I'm working on taking the ICND1 Exam (Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices) as it's the first exam to my CCNA. I have basically two choices: I can pay $250.00 to take the whole exam (both ICND1 and ICND2) or pay $125.00 for each one. I have tried taking the first one SEVERAL times now with no luck, so I'm strongly considering paying the extra to take both, however right now we aren't exactly rolling in the dough, so I really don't know anymore.

Here's the kicker:

I do more advanced stuff every day in my job. The test is definitely hard because of memorization stuff, however the simulations are the big points. I really hate the fact that I have NO idea what I missed as Cisco does not actually tell you the questions you missed, but the category. The problem is there might be one question for a certain category and if you get it wrong then you get 0% for a score in that category. I'm having trouble with Cisco's site to get my previous exam scores, however below is my current for today, August 17th, 2009:

Describe the operation of data networks - 85%
Implement a small switched network - 37%
Implement an IP addressing scheme and IP services to meet network requirements for a small... - 55%
Implement a small routed network - 75%
Explain and select the appropriate administrative tasks required for a WLAN - 0%
Identify security threats to a network and describe general methodes to mitigate those thre... - 100%
Implement and verify WAN links - 75%

Passing Score = 804
My Score = 748

I refuse to give up, but at the same time I feel like I'm letting my team down as well as myself. My wife tries to study with me, but she's frustrated too. I *NEED* to find something that will be similar to the test.


If anyone knows of good study materials (with mock tests), please reply here or email jerryfar at gmail dot com


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