70-646 exam passed!

30 06 2011

Took the 70-646 exam re-take yesterday, and passed. Whoohoo!

The day seemed to come very quickly – somewhere in my skewed logic, I’d decided to listen to my CCNA (and a few CCNP TSHOOT) videos during my days laying by the pool at the villa in Cyprus, rather than the 70-646 material. I figured that waiting til I got back to smash the studying would result in the material being fresher in my head.

I hadn’t figured though, on the first day back being a write-off due to getting home at 8:00am, and that the day of the test didn’t really count as a study day due to the travel etc! This left only Tuesday to hit the study, for which I used a slight change of tack and used the 70-646 Official Study Guide, which I have in PDF format on my iPad.

Although this is pre-R2, much of the material is relevant. On the train on the day of the exam, and then while I was waiting at the test centre, I used another PDF, “Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2”, to swot up on the new features. I knew from last time that these would be heavily tested on.

Took the test at QA Ltd in Holborn, which was a much more pleasant experience than ADA, and pretty easy to get to – I’d built resilience in to my route planning, which came in handy as the Circle line had heavy delays 😉

A very similar experience to the first test, the Testlets are still a great way of testing in my opinion; they put you much more in the shoes of a consultant. This really works in terms of making the tests different to the TS level ones.

I did find that it was not always necessary to read though the whole of each testlet scenario; each question specifies the section that you need to comply with, i.e. “Propose a solution which complied with the company’s “Technical Requirements” or “Proposed Changes”; in many cases, reading just these sections gave the answer.

Some of the questions (generally non-Testlet ones) were quite vague, and it was one of those cases where I genuinely didn’t know if I’d passed until it popped up on my screen. I also ran out of time before hitting Next on the last question in the standalone questions – luckily it was only one question!

So now I’m back on the the ICND2, to complete my CCNA. I’ll be using Trainsignal CBT, CBTNuggets, my Cisco Press ICND2 book, and the Chris Bryant Ultimate CCNA Study Package, all of which are already purchased.

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