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RE: So you wanna be a CCIE? posted 08/12/2000
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Way to go ! You are the man !

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From: nobody@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:nobody@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of
Earl Aboytes
Sent: Friday, August 11, 2000 5:43 PM
To: ccielab@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: So you wanna be a CCIE?

Here are the things I did right and the things I did wrong.

1. Join groupstudy.  Thank you William Darkwah for telling me about this
list.  It gave me the means to realize what I did know, what I thought I
knew, and what I didn't know.  Answering questions on this list was a
turning point for me.  If I had joined earlier I would have known that I
wasn't ready on my first five attempts.
2. Get a Mentor.  Even if this person is a colleague.  I had two mentors.
This was absolutely critical for me.  I can't stress this enough.  I did not
have a mentor for my first five attempts.
3. Get access to a lab and practice.  If you think you have BGP down and
don't need to practice, you are thinking wrong.  You have to be so well
practiced that the commands flow from your fingers without hesitation.  I
missed some things because I didn't practice them enough and I forgot one
single command.  Remember, no partial credit.  If you're 99% right you are
100% wrong.
4. Take ECP1 and make as many friends as you can while you are there.
Networking with other candidates is essential.  Besides the great knowledge
that you'll get that is not in the book, you'll meet some great people that
share your goal.
5. Take Bruce's approach to the test.  It is absolutely the best system to
taking the test.

1. Don't get cocky.  This test is way too easy to fail.  Many a time I was
the victim of my own overconfidence.
2. Don't work in a vacuum.  Talk it over with others.  This list is great
but it doesn't replace a mentor.  The more mentors you can get the better.
3. Don't wait too long before your next attempt.  If you know you are ready,
stay fresh and try to get back in again.  If you are not ready, take some
time off and get ready.  The best way to ascertain whether you are ready or
not is to take ECP1.   If you can't afford the class, start answering many
questions on this list.  Pay attention to every post.  Try to answer the
questions by putting the scenarios in your lab.  If you can get the answer
most of the time, you are ready.

My experience at the lab.
I arrived early and they let us in late.  I smoked through day 1.  I was
comfortable with all of the material and had to reference the CD only once.
I was finished at 2:30 and I checked and re-checked my configs.  The next
morning, something happened to me that had never happened before...I had a
day two folder on my desk.  I went to work and finished with a half-hour to
spare.  I went to lunch and thought about all the stuff that I forgot to
configure and quickly lost my appetite.  I was invited back to
troubleshooting and it was very easy. I was done in an hour and a half.  I
handed my sheet to Andy, the proctor, and went for a walk.  After 10 minutes
he came to see me in the hallway and gave me my number.

Earl Aboytes CCIE #6097
Senior Technical Conultant
GTE Managed Solutions

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