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CCNA Failed

Discussion in 'General Cisco Certifications' started by Monkeyspit, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. Monkeyspit

    Monkeyspit Bit Poster

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    Hi people , I'm new here , Just thought I share with you .

    I went to take my CCNA exam today and failed miserably.

    I got 809 ....with 849 being the passing grade... I managed to get 58% on Implimentation and operation..the rest of my scores were in mid to low 80's. I think this is where I tripped up as they were sims and probably quite healivly weighted in the scoring area.

    I did give a few ACL based and switch based questions away which I'll definately need to sharpen up on, i should have known the answers.

    Its a struggle but I'm really hoping to hit it on the next go.
     
  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Hi and welcome to CF!

    Sorry to hear about the exam, but you definitely have the right approach to nailing it next time!

    Harry.
     
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  3. Headache

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    Welcome.

    It is a tough exam, no question. But you didn't do too badly either. You were less than fifty points away from certification which isn't bad at all. All you need to do now brush up on your weak areas and next time you'll surely sail through.
     
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  4. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

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    Unlucky on the fail mate, but as Headache said, you were close!

    Good luck on your next attempt, im sure you'll nail it 2nd time around :)

    Also, welcome to CF :)
     
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  5. Jammo

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    Unlucky mate. But (and this has already been said but hey) You really weren't that far off. You'll get it next time!
     
  6. BosonMichael
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    Best of luck on your next attempt!!
     
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  7. ajshakey

    ajshakey New Member

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    Good luck on your next attempt. doesn't seem like there's very far for you to go to get that pass.
     
  8. zebulebu

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    Good luck next time matey.

    Hit the books hard between now and the next re-sit and you should be OK. that's only about two or three questions away froma pass, so knuckle down and you'll ace it next time around!
     
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  9. Spilly

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    It sure takes guts to a publicly admit to a fail :cry:

    But take heart, work tirelessly on your weak areas and then
    You will surely pass.
     
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  10. supag33k

    supag33k Kilobyte Poster

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    That is still not a bad score!

    Time for another go in a four to six weeks, as a candidate has to balance increasing their skills - but avoid going stale/off the boil.

    Remember the difference between someone who succeeds and someone who does not succeed is that the successful person has failed more often....[cludged from somewhere]
     
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  11. Spice_Weasel

    Spice_Weasel Kilobyte Poster

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    Good luck for your retake. As has been said, you had a decent score, you have a pretty good foundation. Practice more on live routers if possible, I find the best way to really understand the material is to try and configure it and then break it ;)

    Spice_Weasel
     
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  12. tripwire45
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    It always hurts to not pass but it's not so bad if you learn from the experience. Sounds like you've sized things up and know where to concentrate your studies. The sims are rather heavily weighted but they act exactly like the real thing (except for help functions, of course).

    I recall setting up a configuration in a sim (I can't remember exactly what it was) and the sim let me test the connectivity. When on my first attempt, I hadn't made a connection, I went back over the config and figured out my mistake. It was nervewracking fighting against the clock, but as long as you don't click on to the next question, you can work on a particular sim until you get it right. Just a thought.

    Good luck on the retake and "knock 'em dead".
     
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  13. Monkeyspit

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    Thanks for the support , It means alot . I think I would have felt alot worse if i kept it to myself.

    I've re-booked it for next week, taken time off work and have a full 7 days to get back up to scratch.. fingers crossed next time I might pull through.
     
  14. Tinus1959

    Tinus1959 Gigabyte Poster

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    Best of luck on the retake.
     
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  15. jpowell79

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    I really feel for you mate! I've failed this exam twice now!

    First time I was extremely naive, thinking I could use a cram-book and just memorize everything.....Oh how I was wrong!.....got 570 or something similar in my first test!! :biggrin

    I've just re-taken the exam again today, (after doing some real studying this time!) and am gutted!! I got practically the same score as you did.....so close!!! :(

    I plan to re-take again next week.....third time lucky I say! :)

    What really annoyed me was that I think I got some of the easy questions wrong....I was ok with the sims as I've been practicing non-stop with them.....and my subnetting / access-lists is ok as I made sure I spent ages practicing them.....

    Here are some examples of silly questions I got wrong!!

    Removed content specific to the exam.


    I did have one question that still puzzles me though.... I know the answer was definately between two possible answers.....but didn't know which one to go for....

    Removed content specific to the exam.

    what are your thoughts on this question guys??


    BTW....Good luck with the re-take 8)
     
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  16. MacAllan

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    a. Read the NDA

    b. Read up on the advantages of VLANs - I don't remember 'costing money' as being a factor (and hey, this is cisco, do you really think 'don't buy a router, they cost money' is an answer they would be looking for?) :rolleyes:
     
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  17. tripwire45
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    jpowell79, I removed the actual questions you posted from your CCNA exam since posting them violates your NDA and puts CF at risk (we don't want to be even remotely thought of as braindumpers). I "stored" the data where the rest of the staff can see it and either confirm or refute my decision to remove it.

    Nothing personal, mate.

    -Trip
     
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  18. r.h.lee

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    To add to what Spice_Weasel has said, it's also important to practice on real or simulated switches as well.
     
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  19. Pete01

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    Good luck on the retake - it's a very hard exam and 800 is a good score. I failed first time as well. I spent ages on the sim question then ran out of time at the end.

    Just go over theory questions, practice labs and subnetting so you do it like lightening. You're very nearly there.
     
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  20. BosonMichael
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    Know how to subnet in your head. Time management is critical on the exam.
     
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