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Please note my new sigline image...     I passed.

Yup. That alphabet soup needs to add up to $$$ for it to be worthwhile.   I already have A.S. (Associate of Science - Computer Engineering Technology), C.E.T. (International Society of Certified Ele

Aren't we all.

ross549

Take your time, Eric! Your first instinct will usually be correct. Changing an answer is rarely a good idea.

 

We have a big test for promotion purposes each year. The above has served me well. :-)

 

Adam

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I'll have to spend a lot of my alloted time just reading the questions to make sure I'm comprehending what I need to be comprehending to properly answer the d****d questions.

 

Sounds like you have the best plan worked out. :thumbup: Failing to read the Q properly is the most common reason for failing exams.

 

Best of luck mate. :breakfast:

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The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse.

- Edward Koch

 

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That was the easy part. Now you have to produce a good looking cv and get a haircut and find a suit. :harhar:

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It's funny how everyone (family, friends, teacher, classmates, etc.) all knew I would pass. I guess I was the only one with doubts. ;)

 

Thanks all! :)

 

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@ abarbarian... cut hair? suit? ARRRRRRGH!!! runaway.gif Working on the cv for sure, though. :yes:

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Great job, Eric. We knew you were up to the challenge.

 

Wonder how many of your classmates were?

Most people would not stick to the study schedule you did to accomplish this.

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Sadly, only two of us out of the seven who took the exam passed.

 

Most people would not stick to the study schedule you did to accomplish this.

 

INCD2 is UGLY! I'm going to have to knuckle down again for that one. I have another 800 page book to read. No classroom instruction/guidance for this one at all, though. Ain't gonna' be a walk in the park. :(

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Sadly, only two of us out of the seven who took the exam passed.

That is double the previous class. Must be they chose better candidates for the class this time around.

 

I'm sure the instructor would be happy to help answer your questions and assist in test prep.

He probably has office hours on campus at the Dale Mabry campus, right around the corner from your house.

Campus email also.

 

Can't imagine he would abandon you at this point even if the "official" class is over.

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Eric,

Most proud of you and a hardy congradulations on an awesome accomplishment. Though most of us that have gotten to know you had no doubt in our minds that those images were going to be in your signature line.

 

Now, relax a bit, do something for yourself for a job well done!!!!

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Can't imagine he would abandon you at this point even if the "official" class is over.

 

You'd be amazed what a cluster-screw this has been. The college doesn't get their money if we don't get the certs. So, they're rushing us to take the exams because they want their $$$. Sadly, none of us was really ready to take that test yesterday. Now today we were all sent emails from the administrator of this program telling us that we have to come in this coming Thursday to take the retests (if we failed the first one) or the ICND2 (for those of us who passed the first one). They're out of their ever-lovin' minds! We've all sent back shocked emails to this lady asking for clarification. We've also asked the instructor to intercede for us.

 

It's stupid.

 

If I'm forced to, I'll go sit for the exam. I'll be lucky to score a 25% on it. If I fail, the school gets no Fed grant moneys for me. Tough feces, I say.

 

Enough ranting for now...

 

Oh, and the instructor has offered to let us audit his credit course for the ICND2 curriculum for free (no credit received, though). That's COOL! However, it doesn't start till the 21st of March, and it's only one night a week. It would take the rest of the year to cover this second part at that rate. :(

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Sounds like typical administration garbage. All the instructors I have had complain about the clueless administration that "runs" things.

 

Very good of the instructor to offer the audit, at least it's around the corner from your house.

 

Any chance of employment with the cert you have?

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I'm sure there will be some employment possibilities very soon. I'm sending out feelers now. However, I really want another few weeks to focus on the ICND2 and my CompTIAs.

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Ran across this great quote that reminded me how I managed to pass this test.

 

"Chance favors the prepared mind." - Louis Pasteur

 

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Started the ICND2 tome this morning. I'll be ready for that test in another 4-6 weeks. Too bad they want me to take it this coming Thursday. :(

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Edna from The Incredibles phrased it slightly different- Fortune favors the prepared. :)

 

Eric, keep cranking away at it... I know you can do it. Is this reading and reading the only way you learn? Some folks do better watching or listening to their study material.

 

Here's a fancy term I learned while getting ready to qualify as a Master Training Specialist.... Kinesynthetic leraning. The idea is that the more of your senses you use in the learning process, the better the information will solidify in your brain. Some folks do well sitting down and reading a book, but many folks learn better with video/audio.

 

The sensation of touch also helps. Hold a bundle of CAT5 while reading the book. It should help.... :lol:

 

Adam

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I'm wearing my null modem cable necklace. ;)

 

Actually, I found that the spreading out of my focus on numerous learning resources was detrimental to my learning processes while studying for the ICND1. I finally realized this during the last week before the test. At that point, I focused 100% on the text book. By the day of the test, I had read through the ICND1 book three complete times.

 

Unfortunately, this technical writer, while obviously very knowledgeable on the subject matter, is the somewhat droll and boring in his presentation. But then again, it's not really that easy to turn Cisco IOS, routing protocols, and an amazing array of alphabet soup acronyms into a Stephen King-like tour de force. There were times when I read 15 or 20 pages and could not remember a thing about what I had just read. My mind drifts off to other pursuits while my eyes faithfully read the pages.

 

I've also noticed that the aged brain doesn't absorb and comprehend new data as well as it did when it was a young spring chicken. ;)

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I understand. It is hard to get any learner to fully comprehend material on a heavily compressed schedule without utilizing many different methods. On top of that, each learner is wired a bit differently. Go with what works.

 

What were your most productive days while studying for the first test? What was your routine? Follow that, since it works.

 

I would also suggest (time permitting) to roughly outline the book as you go through it. write down the key concepts. If you think about this method, it is quite effective. The idea is to get the information into your active through process as many times as possible. Note taking is excellent for this. It forces you to read, digest the material a bit, formulate it in your own words, and then put it to paper. In one shot, the concept has passed through your active thinking process four times. :)

 

If you're already doing this, then ignore my babbling.... :D

 

Adam

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V.T. Eric Layton

Not babbling, Adam. Pretty good advice... and close to my study regimen. The book has an excellent summarization of key subject matter. I am also a copious note taker. I read first, then re-read and take notes, then read again along with reading the notes. I used that method this last time along with taking sample exams the last week before the test. I didn't want to rely on the sample testing too much, though, because you tend to memorize the questions rather than understand the material.

 

I think this last was part of the reason at least two of my classmates failed the exam Thursday. They had both focused heavily on making consistent 90% or better on the sample exams. That bad thing about that is that the exam database only holds 439 questions. You eventually see them all and begin to remember them. As a consequence, your scores get consistently better, but you're just remembering THOSE particular questions, not the data that you need to know.

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I've also noticed that the aged brain doesn't absorb and comprehend new data as well as it did when it was a young spring chicken. ;)

I noticed that when I was trying to learn Vietnamese. Did OK in Level 1 anyway, but then they didn't run a Level 2 class the next semester so I've forgotten lots already. At least I picked up operating our new digital mixing desks fast; they are pretty complex but at least I had years of basic audio understanding to build on.

 

Congratulations on passing the first round of tests. All that hard work is paying off. :thumbsup:

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