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That is what Narbik will tell you, and he is right. Looking back at yesterday, that lab was so passable. It was in my head the whole time that it is some unclimbable Everest. It’s not, by far. The lab is fair, but very passable. You just need to be prepared. The open ended questions, were a joke for the ones I got. If you have studied I can’t see any issues with them. I was done with them in five minutes. Nothing I haven’t seen before. Maybe I got lucky? Maybe I blew my lottery win? Maybe they changed them up? Doesn’t matter – I won’t let them phase me for my next attempt.

Everything was pretty standard. I stayed at the Wingate. Great place that shuttled us over to the lab at 6:30am and took us over to the airport right after. When we got there in the morning, we all hung out in the lobby, got passed by a girl who looked at us like “Ugh why are these guys here every morning?!” Got our name tags, some quick instructions and brought back to the lab room. Desks were comfortable, plenty of room, big monitors. If I had that setup at home I would probably lab more ๐Ÿ˜‰ Lunch was steak and potatoes that Howard said he lets us eat first for twenty minutes just to make sure the food is safe to eat… I believed him…

There is nothing really spectacular to tell other than this test is beatable. Don’t let it get inside your head that it isn’t. Study hard, be prepared and all will be forgiven! I have to start the MPLS studying soon, but that shouldn’t take too long. Have to figure out my rack setup and so forth. Just some minor stuff and then I am looking at December/January for my next run. I do need to adjust the strategy though. Maybe back to beta…

Comments

7 Responses to “The Lab is So Easy it’s Hard”

  1. CCIETalk on October 8th, 2009 9:33 am

    This is where I wish I never took that long for my first attempt! You have to go see the lab to get your nerves under control ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Joe Astorino on October 8th, 2009 10:58 pm

    Hey Carl,

    Sorry to hear you didn’t make it the first try, but don’t worry bro I’m sure you will get there. You have the knowledge and persistence.

  3. John Lockie on October 12th, 2009 2:52 pm

    Did you review Narbik at all? I am in Glendale, CA and considering going to his lab bootcamp….I hear mixed thoughts on his stuff.

    Also, you will pass. Keep it up!

  4. CCIE Journey on October 12th, 2009 3:03 pm

    Narbik’s is great. You only go over core stuff though in the 5 day class. In the end I think you need something to supplement with his stuff. He does have the 360 mock labs going though now.

  5. Narbik on October 22nd, 2009 1:33 am

    Guys/Ladies

    The 2.0 work book contains lots of stuff including IPv6, Security, MPLS L3VPNs, and much more. Please retake the boot camp and you will be more solid. You need to do the recommendation and go through the entire work book at least once. And retake the boot camp again.
    I am thinking of offering the “Ultimate” which is a 9 days boot camp that covers every item in the blue print, but i am affraid that people can NOT take 9 days OFF from work, if they could i would offer it.

    Your thoughts!!!!!!!

  6. John Spaulding on October 25th, 2009 9:51 am

    Im sorry to hear that man! I know you will get it next time. Just focus on the areas that you were weak on. ๐Ÿ™‚ Best of luck

  7. CCIE Journey on October 29th, 2009 8:23 pm

    Narbik,
    I know 9 days would make it tough for myself with work. Maybe 6? That way people stillk could leave on Saturday night and get home before Monday.

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