Monday, February 06, 2006


Exam strategy.

I was down most of late last week with a really bad flu. That is why I could not update as regularly as I would have liked to.

Anyway, as is usual when one is sick, one tends to do some thinking about strategy. As it happens, I am one exam away from my CCNP. That exam is the troubleshooting (CIT) exam and this blog is one of the ways in which I am preparing for it. I try and put up troubleshooting scenarios and when interested people eventually find this blog, I am hoping that there will be some discussion of the problem in the comments and that both the commenters and I can learn something. As it happens I do know the answers to the questions I pose but I have seen that discussion always bring out finer and subtle points in the issue under discussion and there are always tangential skids that result in learning new stuff too.

Anyway, back to my being sick and thinking about strategy. It has usually been my m.o. that I over-prepare for stuff and that has worked well for me. For instance for the CIT exam I am re-mastering all the material for BSCI, BCMSN and BCRAN because that is fundamental stuff and absolutely needs to be learnt inside-out. I may well not need the level of detail for the CIT exam but knowing more should not hurt. If I am overwhelmingly prepared for the CIT that can only be a good thing. I am hoping to take the exam in 2-3 weeks.

So, I was thinking that I will try and make the CIT exam itself a dry run for the R&S CCIE written exam. The CCIE written exam does not cover a whole lot more than the CCNP material and so having mastered all the CCNP material for the CIT it would be best to take up the R&S CCIE written exam soon after. So, that is what I decided when laid low by the flu.

Maybe, some good will come out of the wasted couple of days after all!

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