::cisco black belt::

July 22, 2008

The day after…

Filed under: CCNA, ICND2, misc — ccxx4488 @ 3:13 pm

I took my test yesterday, I passed my ICND2 mission accomplished. Three possible outcomes could of occurred yesterday:

· Passed with a high score

· Passed and known I could of scored better

· Failed and known I could of scored better

As it turns out, the second option is what happened. I didn’t just squeak by, but I didn’t hit in the 900s as I wanted. My goals are in this order:

· Pass the test

· Never fail a Cisco test

· Score high

I didn’t get the high score I was after but I didn’t win the mental game, let me elaborate. I did not get a good nights rest, combined with getting up 2 hours earlier than I wanted to. More importantly I couldn’t focus, like I did for the ICND1. The test room door is left open. The front office receptionist or w/e, cell phone kept going off every 10-15 minutes with a loud cheesy techno ring tone, combined with her talking. If you’ve spent any time in Germany you’ll know—Germans are generally “loud as hell” in conversation, as if they’re giving a speech for a large audience without a mic.

I take responsibility for my own lack of focus, but hey… Anyhow, a few questions into the test I get a simulation, caught me completely off guard, I hadn’t found my mode yet, I spent way more time than I needed on that question. I get to around question 29, with only a few questions requiring much deep thought, and I realize I have 20 minutes left, with basically 1 minute per question. I’ve read the horror stories, of people running outta time and likely would of passed otherwise. I didn’t want to be stuck in the same boat, so for the next 6 questions, I didn’t double check my answers, nor did I view all the options, the first analysis of the perceived correct answer, I just selected and moved on. The questions got easier, and as it turned out, I had 6 minutes left for the last 2 questions but who knew, right! If I had got in the zone, I wouldn’t of been rushed for time, I planned on bringing ear plugs, but forgot all about it.

Gee, you passed dude, people fail this test 3 times, why you so bummed? Not really bummed, just wish I brought my A game and knocked out another high score. To be honest the ICND1 and ICND2 tests were pretty easy. I say that because I studied hard, I practiced, and learned and memorized 10 times more than was necessary for either test. If you were new to Cisco world and accomplished the bare minimum of study, I doubt you’d think the test was easy.

Bottom line:

Don’t take shortcuts, study hard and you can’t fail, even if you choke…



  1. Good job, bro! Congrats on passing.

    Comment by Aragoen Celtdra — July 22, 2008 @ 6:37 pm

  2. Thanks! Now a short break before I get cracking on my CCNP =)

    Comment by ccxx4488 — July 22, 2008 @ 10:39 pm

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