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RE: NDA posted 01/23/2001
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" at $1000, it is REALLY a bargain to USE the test itself as a 
  study tool"

No offense but people using the test as a study tool is a big reason why
there's a 6 month wait list.  The first time yeah - there's a huge
psychological obstacle to tackle too.....but once you've been for 1 attempt
you shouldnt, ethically, return until you feel confident you can pass.

Maybe thats the answer to the wait list issue - raise the lab fee to $10,000
:)

-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew Short
To: CCIE Study Group
Sent: 1/23/01 10:21 AM
Subject: RE: NDA

1.  Start with that blueprint.  

2.  Subtract the technologies that the web page explicitely tells you is
no longer on the test (DecNet, OSI, Appletalk very soon, Apollo
etc...).  Don't WASTE your time studying for LANE.  It's not on the lab
anymore and is time AND money consuming.

3.  Look at the equipment list for the R&S lab.  It's quite short and
DOES
eliminate some more technologies.  For example, I was ecstatic to find
the
PIX and local director series products missing from that list before I
took my lab.  The list of routers is a flexible bunch, but also a very
basic set.  No 1600's, 1700's, 7200's, 7500's, 12000's.

Other than that, you have to TAKE the test to find out what's ON the
test.  
Honestly, at $1000, it is REALLY a bargain to USE the test itself as a
study tool, especially when you look at the cost of the alternatives.
For
comparison, a "CCNA Boot Camp" from Global Knowledge will set you
back $3k!   You gotta figure...take the boot camp, or take the test 20
times and buy a $1000 worth of personal study material?  you could drop
the reps to 10 times and buy a couple of routers!  

Don't get hung up on passing the lab the first time.  I did, and I was
SORELY disappointed for the 5 weeks I waited for the retest.  If my spot
on the waiting list hadn't come up, I would STILL be waiting for the
retest.

INTEND to pass it, but don't go there figuring on being a CCIE at the
end
of the two days.  If you do, it's that much better, and if you don't,
then
it's not as dissappointing.


On Tue, 23 Jan 2001, Ccie Bound wrote:

> sorry for my ignorance group, but all I see is a nice
> blueprint for the qualification and general info. for
> the lab.  I have a general idea of what to prepare for
> from reading the postings on this list.  I was just
> wondering if there was some type of blueprint for the
> lab, so I know what to focus on.
> 
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CCIE #6641                                               Colossians 3:23

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