My $.02 - This should have always been the policy.
The search engine, though useful at times, also gave a false sense of security to many - I know I personally though it would "get me by". After my NP/DP and a few years of support using the search engine, which *usually* guided me to a solution I thought...
I am glad they have "officially" removed it.
At the end of the day (depending on your timezome)
Know the material or know where to find it.
I heard back in the day, before my first attempt, before I knew GS existed, I had heard that there were actual books in the lab - My first attempt I looked over on the shelf and sure enough there were "some books". I asked the proctor if they were available for our use during the lab; He just smiled and said;
"Yes, but if you haven't read THOSE books yet you might want to turn around and leave now."
I smiled and replied - "Thanx, now I won't feel so bad when I fail!".
And I did :)
>>> "Joshua Lauer" <jslauer@xxxxxxxxxxx> 03/12/06 5:28 PM >>>
I totally agree with you,
I never use the search function, I think it slows
you down actually. There is no faster way to find
the info than just knowing where it's at.
I printed out the entire doc cd (12.2, 12.3 and
12.4) and arranged it into 3 ring binders. Then I
went through each and every page...tedius, but I
found it's really the best way to learn.
CCNA, CCDA, CCNP, CCDP, CCSP, CCIP, RHCE, INFOSEC,
----- Original Message -----
From: "Lanny Ballard" <lanny26ga@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, March 12, 2006 5:22 PM
Subject: Re: change in the CCIE lab exam
environment... search is gone----that is not right.
> I, for one, personally think this is a good
> policy. One of the biggest mistakes I see, is
> candidates not knowing the documentation cd
> backwards and forwards because they think they
> will be able to search out the answer. My advice
> to anyone taking the lab exam is to know the
> documentation cd thoroughly. I personally went
> over it 3 full times (the configuration guides),
> and I believe this is one of the primary reasons I
> finally passed. I know it takes away an option,
> but in this case it is an option that may lure
> unthinking candidates into a false sense of
> My $.02
>>From: "Joshua Lauer" <jslauer@xxxxxxxxxxx>
>>Reply-To: "Joshua Lauer" <jslauer@xxxxxxxxxxx>
>>To: "I will Be a CCIE" <1willbeaccie@xxxxxxxxx>,
>>Subject: Re: change in the CCIE lab exam
>>environment... search is gone----that is not
>>Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2006 16:07:10 -0500
>>It's not all that horrible,
>>just takes away one of the options you have. The
>>other option you have is to learn the
>>documentation. If you follow the blueprint in your
>>studies you'll find you have little need for the
>>search engine and it's really not a big deal. The
>>test is about knowing the options, they just took
>>away one is all.
>>CCNA, CCDA, CCNP, CCDP, CCSP, CCIP, RHCE, INFOSEC,
>>----- Original Message ----- From: "I will Be a
>>Sent: Saturday, March 11, 2006 9:00 AM
>>Subject: change in the CCIE lab exam
>>environment... search is gone----that is not
>>>I think this is BS!!!!! I am not happy about
>>>Dear CCIE Candidate,
>>>We want to make you aware of a change in the CCIE
>>>lab exam environment.
>>>While access to Cisco product documentation will
>>>still be available during
>>>the lab exam at the Documentation Website
>>>candidates will no longer be
>>>able to use the search function on that site.
>>>The search has been disabled
>>>due to a change in the way product documentation
>>>is maintained at Cisco.
>>>Instead, candidates should be prepared to use the
>>>drop-down index to
>>>navigate the Documentation Website (UniversCD).
>>>You may want to spend more time becoming familiar
>>>with the index and
>>>practicing how to quickly locate relevant
>>>information. If you would like to
>>>reschedule your lab date to give yourself more
>>>time to practice using the
>>>documentation, please remember our cancellation
>>>policy: Changes to CCIE lab
>>>exam dates or locations must be made at least 28
>>>days before your scheduled
>>>date, to let us schedule other candidates for
>>>that seat. The last day to
>>>make a change is called your lab exam due date
>>>and it can be found by
>>>logging into the CCIE database at
>>>your Certification Status. There you can also
>>>easily reschedule your exam
>>>Please remember that no changes are allowed after
>>>the lab exam due date. If
>>>you do not show up on the day of your exam you
>>>will not be eligible for a
>>>If you have further questions or need assistance,
>>>please contact CCIE
>>>customer support at ccie@xxxxxxxxxx
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