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RE: Proctor questions posted 01/25/2007
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I will be doing my lab in April and so far as I am doing practice labs I
constantly run into problems, or I think they are problems where I
configure something that fits the requirement, but it is not a correct
solution say by Internetwork Expert, even though it works.  And I think
I misinterpret the instructions.  For example let's say if I am being
asked to configure multicast sparse mode and then asked to configure RP.
I can do static RP or I can do auto-rp or bsr and in case of the second
do autorp listener.  In a similar case would it work to approach a
proctor as ask a question such as: "Is it okay by you if I do it this
way, or you want it done this way?" Or maybe even without the second


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From: nobody@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:nobody@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Scott Smith
Sent: Thursday, January 25, 2007 9:53 AM
To: Alex De Gruiter
Cc: ccielab@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Proctor questions

Through 3 visits to the lab @ RTP I don't recall a single time where
the proctor didn't provide the feedback I needed. In my last attempt
the only question I asked went like this:

Me: My brain is toast and I need some help.

Proctor: Ok (smiling)

Me: Does this task (pointing to task in question) mean "this" or
"that"? If its "this" then I need need to configure it this way. If
its "that" then I need to configure it that way.

Proctor: "that" way would be correct.

This is pretty much how every question I ever asked  was presented and
I always got the response I needed.

CCIE #17040 (R&S)

On 1/24/07, Alex De Gruiter <Alex.deGruiter@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hello,
> I am looking for the best advice on how to approach the proctor.
> I tried 2 completely different approaches for each of my labs. In the
> 1st I asked a lot of questions and received persistent negative
> feedback. So I posted a similar question to this one after the 1st
> and I was torn down in flames by certain people who stated that I
> "obviously knew nothing"; if I had asked clear, reasonable questions,
> would receive a response.
> So I spent time between lab attempts better learning the technologies,
> and in the 2nd lab asked very few questions. I basically ignored the
> proctor - on the few occassions that I did ask questions, I was met
> a similar response to my 1st attempt.
> I am now faced with a dilemma. Due to locality there is one location
> that proves particularly practical in my endeavour to sit my next, and
> hopefully last, exam. The trouble is that if there are any areas of
> ambiguity... And lets face it, there are going to be at least 1 or 2
> areas of ambiguity, even small areas, in the lab... I honestly am lost
> when it comes to getting clarification from the proctor.
> So my question is: how can I structure a question in such a way that
> response is useful? And, perhaps, should I simply not bother asking
> questions at all?
> Advice appreciated.
> Alex
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