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For me I am not doing one thing different. I will not use any quizzers or written exam prep material for these questions at all. I refuse to do it. To me if reading Routing TCP/IP volume I and II (over and over,) and the documentation is not enough, what is the point? I need to know all the core material cold just to be able to decipher the lab questions anyhow, so why change anything in my prep plans? Maybe that is Cisco’s point? If you are prepared enough to decipher anything you get on the lab portion you will have no issues with the core questions in the beginning.

I just don’t know why Cisco can’t secure their lab locations and not have to worry if their lab questions are getting leaked out. How is this even an issue for Cisco with their size and resources? I have a good idea, just audit each lab! Pull aside a percentage of students each day and interview them. If they can’t answer what is being asked of them face to face, but on the lab they nail the section then I think that will tell you. If everyone going in knows there is a chance of getting pulled for a face to face interview you will have everyone prepping…

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4 Responses to “Are the Four Written Questions Changing Your Lab Prep?”

  1. Pavel Stefanov on April 20th, 2009 3:37 am

    I absolutely support your decision. When I see all those quizzers and products specifically made for preparing for those questions, I laugh. The vendors are just making money off people because they’re afraid the questions are difficult. If you know enough to pass the lab, then you know enough to answer these simple questions. When I took the lab, it was 3 weeks since they announced the change and I didn’t revise almost anything at all. I had no idea what the questions might look like, but I figured if I couldn’t answer the questions with the knowledge I had already acquired, then I am not ready to be a CCIE.

  2. Nicolas on April 20th, 2009 8:42 am

    I have my second lab attempt in 3 weeks,and i feel its just a matter of luck.

    People who gave the exam already have mixed feedback, others say that its easy basic theory, others say its weird wording scenarios.

    Off course its changed my way of thinking for the lab because before i didn’t need to memorize details , i knew i had the doc cd. What if you get a question about such details?

    I agree with you about the way Cisco could be done with the cheaters. Interview someone after he solved the lab, about his solutions and different ways he could choose.

    Anyway i hope ill be lucky with the questions…

  3. CCIETalk.com on April 20th, 2009 11:58 am

    You should’t be changing your way of prep if you did everything the right way. Problem is that questions are all over the place and from my experience they were VERY basic but somehow I still got a ZERO. I think most people are confused about how they are graded. May be you need to answer them using those keywords so script can pick it up? I dont know. Problem with LAW is that criminals will still be roaming around while the law abiding citizens get screwed lol

  4. Nicolas on April 21st, 2009 2:14 pm

    My main issue will be spending 2000$ for a practise rack hehehe 😛

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