Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career. Abdul KalamJanuary 2nd, 2013 • CCIE • 8 Comments »
I failed my first attempt. I took the test Nov 19, 2012. A week before the test I getting mix emotions. I don’t know if I was ready until I passed the test. I think I did everything I could to prepare for the test. Studying 8 hours every weekend and 4 hours monday to friday. It would’ve been really nice to pass but at the same time, I didn’t want to get my hopes up just to get crushed. Either way, the date was set. My mentality was I am going to attempt again and again until I passed. I dont care how much money I spend. The goal is to pass and get that number.
I got there a day early. I drove to my hotel and went straight to the Cisco test site. I didn’t want to get lost the next day. I was nervous! I went to bed early around 9pm. I was waking up every hour thinking that I would be late for the test. Woke up around 630, ate break fast, took a shower, and drove to the test site. I don’t remember what time I got there but it was 30mins earlier than the test time.
I met a few guys. 2 attempting for CCIE voice (1 guy is double ccie RS and SP) and 4 attempting for CCIE RS. One of the CCIE voice said it was his 2nd attempt. Another guys on RS said it was his 2nd attempt. 3 guys came from a 10 days INE boot camp. One guy said he came from Denmark, another guys from Missouri, and another guy from Arizona (i think).
A proctor came out and told us the rules.
- Food goes the refrigerator
- You can bring drinks
- No talking about the test – You failed the test if you bring it up
- Turn off your cell and leave it in the middle of the table. You will only turn it on after the test.
Also, the room has multiple cameras in all direction and LOTS OF microphones hanging at the ceiling to make sure we don’t cheat.
2hrs of TSHOOT pass by. I knew I failed the test. I ran out of time. You won’t believe how fast is 2hrs with 10 tickets.
Lunch time and we have to follow the proctor. She guided us to the canteen. She also sat with us on lunch time. She didn’t want anybody to separate while eating. I guess because she didn’t want anybody to talk about the test.
Lunch is done and we went back to the test site. Continue with the config. 6hrs later we were done. I think everyone failed that day. Usually, I hear stories that there will be one guy that passed the test but his done earlier. Nobody was done early on that day. Also, they have the same look in their eyes just as me. The look of stunned. The look of “I think I failed”.
I think nothing is impossible. I’m not afraid to take the test again. It’s just a matter of money. Who cares about money right? lol We are all rich anyway that’s why we are going for this test.
Total money from my OWN POCKET that went to drain $3,300 = hotel cost, work time off, food, gas, & lab cost.
I am back to studying. I will never stop trying. I plan to take the test in 6 months.
I stopped updating the site because I’ve been studying non stop.
So what did I learn?
- You will never know that you are ready until you take the test. I don’t care how much you studied. As long as you don’t take the test and get the results then you don’t know if you are ready.
- Calm down! Its hard to do that when taking a test. Nervousness will affect your typing skills and thinking.
- Balls of steel. It takes balls of steel to pay $1500 per test, pay hotel fees, travel, study hundreds of hours, attempt and hope for the best. It doesn’t stop from there… It takes balls of titanium to attempt it again after failing.
- I want it even more after I failed. It takes a lot of sacrifice to pass. Only the people that studied/attempted/failed/passed could understand this.
- You will lose every ego you have after failing. I believe Cisco created this test to make sure I failed.
Back to labbing. Stay hungry Network Playah!