CCIE Pursuit Blog

September 7, 2007

Status Update: 27 August – 02 September

Filed under: Cisco,Cisco Certification,Personal,Status Updates — cciepursuit @ 8:23 pm

I’m posting this update pretty late in the week (Friday vs Monday).  Here’s a review of my goals from last week:

So here are my goals for this week: 20 hours of EIGRP/OSPF labs and 8 hours of reading/videos.

I did manage to hit my goal of 20 hours of labbing, but I only got in about half of the 8 hour of reading/videos.  I finished the EIGRP labs and most of the IP Services labs (lots of DHCP).  I held off on starting the OSPF labs because I really wanted to go through the OSPF lessons from the IEATC again.  I want to be able to rattle off all of the different OSPF network types as well as the different LSA types and stubby variations and…..

I really need to get this embedded in my mind, especially if I want to make a run at the CCIE written test by the end of the month.  With that in mind, I’m going to throttle back my lab hours this week and crank up my OSPF reading/video time.

My goals for the week: 10 hours of IP Services/OSPF labs with 12 hours of OSPF reading/videos.

Days Until Lab: 207
Readiness (1 to 10): 1
Lab Hours This Week 20
Study Hours This Week (estimate): 4

My Brilliant Idea That Turned Out To Be Not So Brilliant

Filed under: CCIE Blogs,Cisco,Cisco Certification — cciepursuit @ 2:29 pm

As I mentioned earlier, djerk.nl has some nice posts concerning the problem of getting booked for the CCIE lab (especially within the next 6 months).  See his posts here, here, and here.

It appears that Cisco opens lab registrations 6 months in advance.  I plan on taking my lab around 01 April, 2008.  So my game plan was as follows:

My strategy is going to be to book my lab 6 months out (preferably at San Jose, but RTP works as well) and then book a second lab 3 months later. While I’m hoping to pass on the first attempt, I’m not willing to wait 6 months for a second attempt if I do fail.

My understanding is that Cisco does not actually transfer money from your credit card until 28 days before the exam. If you book 6 months in advance with a second lab booked for at least 29 days later, then you can cancel the second lab before Cisco takes your $$$ if you do pass the first time.

Well, Djerk quickly found the gaping hole in my plan:

The trouble is that one’s only allowed to have one lab booked. Booking a second lab date will produce an error and give you the option to either stay with your old date or drop it and book the new seat.

There are usually a few slots that become available 28 days before the date because some of the test takers either bail on the test or their payment does not tranfer to Cisco.  It looks like I’ll either need to pass the test the first time or hope to pick up a seat 28 days out OR find someone to swap a seat with if I have to take the test again within 6 months of failing the first attempt.  😦

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