CCIE Pursuit Blog

October 2, 2008

Not Gonna Happen

Filed under: Cisco — cciepursuit @ 10:19 pm

I sat the exam today.  Chances are that I’ll need to go back in January to do it again.  I haven’t got the bad news yet but I would need to be nearly perfect to get the 85 points I counted…and there were at least 6 points that were “squishy”.  Most people who pass the lab leave the test feeling like they nailed it.  I did not nail it.

The lab experience was a roller coaster ride.  I’ll have a lot more to say about the lab either tomorrow (unlikely as I’ll be in Napa) or the next day but I wanted to thank everyone who for their words of encouragement.

The test was fair, but tough.  I only saw two technologies that I haven’t configured before.  The technology aspect was not the problem.  Question interpretation was a huge issue for me.  There are a couple of questions that I cannot figure out still.  I am sure that if I knew what the task was asking for I am able to configure it.

I’m a little disappointed, but I gave it my best shot.  I know what I need to concentrate on in order to have a better shot next time.

I’ll write more later.  Right now I’m going to have a glass of wine and go to sleep.



  1. Let’s hope for the best. Keep us updated!

    Comment by Anonymous — October 2, 2008 @ 10:26 pm | Reply

  2. That’s too bad. It doesn’t mean that you’re any less of an inspiration to many people. Following your journey has improved my knowledge and skills. I’m also sure that I’m not the only person who’s found great benefit in these pages. We’ll still be pulling for you in January. Since you blew off the Vikings home opener, does this mean you’ll miss the whole season? 🙂

    Comment by Chris Dudley — October 2, 2008 @ 10:39 pm | Reply

  3. I think you did much better than what you are giving yourself credit for. Either way you are still a great inspiration to myself and several other of my collegues. Go Bears! 🙂

    Comment by erica — October 2, 2008 @ 11:24 pm | Reply

  4. Do not give up yet you have not recieved your score report yet so no need to worry. On the bright side most people take something like 3 attempts to pass so you are still ahead of the game.

    Comment by Ferret999 — October 3, 2008 @ 2:45 am | Reply

  5. You haven’t received your score yet :)….

    I will email you later.

    Comment by cciejourney — October 3, 2008 @ 4:40 am | Reply

  6. Well we are all hoping for the best! If you didn’t make it this time, hey don’t think of it as a failure, think of it for one thing as a learning experience, and secondly, another bump in the road to the path of excellence.

    – Joe A

    Comment by Joe A — October 3, 2008 @ 7:16 am | Reply

  7. You never know, you might surprise yourself with some of the ‘squishy’ points. Be positive buddy!

    Comment by ccielab — October 3, 2008 @ 7:49 am | Reply

  8. Don’t let it get you down. You might have done better than you realize. Yesterday, one guy on GS wrote that he passed in spite of not knowing how to begin 10 points worth of questions, and the fact that you saw only two technologies that you’ve never configured before is pretty remarkable- you did your homework. I hope I’m that lucky (if not that well prepared) when I take mine in Dec. Sounds like if you didn’t passed, you at least came close and that should encourage you for the next go round to put you over. Hang in there and good luck.

    Comment by Rod — October 3, 2008 @ 7:52 am | Reply

  9. We are all gunning for you man.
    And waiting.

    Comment by Barooq — October 3, 2008 @ 8:48 am | Reply

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