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and lo, all the network geeks did snicker into their hands quietly, for on that day the cisco router gods did judge kim, and find her wanting. for it is truth that 771 is not equal to or greater than 849, and thus a grade of failure was bestowed.

but find that kim did not consider herself a total failure, and while she did not buy herself a congratulatory manicure or new cd, she did commit to a new trial by CCNA to be completed in october, and thus did she hope she did not just throw another $125 down the pooper.

things to try next time:
- brain drugs
- sleeping immediately prior to the exam?
- sewing up the hole in the sleeve of the Lucky Exam Shirt, which was torn during the furor of the first trial.
- find a sampo

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cheetahmaster
Sep. 29th, 2003 09:03 am (UTC)
Erg, ensucketh. Better luck next time.

- sewing up the hole in the sleeve of the Lucky Exam Shirt, which was torn during the furor of the first trial.

Wow, you actually rended your garments?

- find a sampo

Kids come running for the great taste of Sampo!
snidegrrl
Sep. 29th, 2003 10:26 pm (UTC)
technically, the garment i rended is about 16 years old... so it was due for some rending.
prakriti
Sep. 29th, 2003 09:11 am (UTC)
well, the good thing is now you have a much better idea on what areas you need to work on. Personally, its the IPX crap that messed with me :)
snidegrrl
Sep. 29th, 2003 10:28 pm (UTC)
I think that they have removed nearly all IPX questions from the test; the new version will have none, although I still get to take the old version if I take it within 45 days of my faiulure.

Really the most frustrating thing about this is that I missed a few questions across the board; it didn't seem like there was a topic I was particularly screwing up. It's the weird way they ask questions that demands not a "well, I get the gist" type of knowledge but a very specific memorization of terms and obscure facts. Leaves instead of trees. I am notoriously bad at this.

Is the JNCIS like this too? I imagine it's worse. In the sense that it covers alot more ground.
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examorata
Sep. 29th, 2003 09:23 am (UTC)
I think Prak's got it right - you know where to concentrate next time.

I'm so sorry you didn't make it! Poop!

I'll get working on the sampo, ASAP. Did you want to request the many-colored dome option?
snidegrrl
Sep. 29th, 2003 10:30 pm (UTC)
I would like the IEEE 802.3q standard sampo, please.

If all else fails, take a geeky joke, and add a layer of geekery.
traceracer
Sep. 29th, 2003 09:25 am (UTC)
I'm sorry. You'll get em next time!
subliminaltea
Sep. 29th, 2003 09:38 am (UTC)
I'm sorry it didn't work out. But hey, you'll have a much better idea of what to expect next time, eh? And hopefully it'll be less nerve-wracking too.
snidegrrl
Sep. 29th, 2003 10:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks... and you're right! I was extremely nervous this time.
darknight7884
Sep. 29th, 2003 09:42 am (UTC)
You;ll definately get it next time -- I was told by my Cisco teacher that it takes a professional an average of 3 times to pass, due to the fact that if you miss one question they drill you on the same subject. It sucks, yes -- anyways I am gonna take mine in October probably, so we can do an online virtual flash card game! yay! So im going to West End now to eat -- too bad you dont know what West End is.. you missed out on so much.
larksdream
Sep. 29th, 2003 10:03 am (UTC)
Sucks. :-(

So am I the only one who doesn't know what a sampo is? *resigns self to being forever ostracized for own out-of-touch-edness* :-P
railwaymadness
Sep. 29th, 2003 10:13 am (UTC)
*joins you in out-of-touch corner*

fear not, you are not alone in your lack of knowledge.
at first I was reading it too quickly and thought it said "sambo" which led me down a very dangerous "what's she doing to do with little black sambo?" line of thought. but that's enough from the "disturbing and massively outdated children's literature" corner.
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devolutionary
Sep. 29th, 2003 10:33 am (UTC)
Bleck. You _will_ do better next time, I'm sure. I never got another chance to take my CCNA exam for free, I only got the one chance back at a Cisco Networkers conference. When I took my CCNA exam about four or five years ago, I missed a passing grade by ONE PERCENT. And had to have the paper that said I failed by ONE PERCENT notified by the woman overseeing the exam, and have her say, "Oh! So close!"
snidegrrl
Sep. 29th, 2003 10:36 pm (UTC)
That bitch!!

Seriously, I wish I could take the CCNA from four or five years ago. Not only did you need a lower score to pass but I hear it was alot easier. Sigh. If you decide to take it at some point, I now have lots of handy notes. :)
zenthia
Sep. 29th, 2003 11:37 am (UTC)
::hugs::
lekythen
Sep. 29th, 2003 12:25 pm (UTC)
Damn. *hug* Don't blame the lucky shirt, those things boomerang back at you. Sleep is proven to be a good thing. Have fish for supper.

I had a classmate from Finland who illo'd the Sampo legend. He was most annoyed when none of the tutors knew what it was. Oddly, I did. ^__^
snidegrrl
Sep. 29th, 2003 10:37 pm (UTC)
I am sure it's not the shirt - the shirt is just out of practice! It hasn't really been in use since college. :)

Did you know the sampo from knowing the legend, or from watching MST3K?
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tzel
Sep. 29th, 2003 01:51 pm (UTC)
Awww, nuts! You'll get it next time. Whatcha doing tonight? Want to put some useless crap on Ebay and see what we can get for it?
tzel
Sep. 29th, 2003 01:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, and call my land line if you need to... I have yet to pay my celphone bill. :P
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fishy42
Sep. 29th, 2003 02:02 pm (UTC)
Partner in the trail by the router gods...
For this one *must* recertify by the end of the month...and is not feeling too confident, considering she is failing her practice exams :(
snidegrrl
Sep. 29th, 2003 10:41 pm (UTC)
I know ALL about failing practice exams. Are you using the Boson ones? They are not exactly as hard as the ones on the real test, particularly the router simulator ones. There's actual troubleshooting on the real test.

Also after the 30th the test changes a little; do you have info on the VOIP and QoS stuff they are adding? Let me know...
bonnykate
Oct. 1st, 2003 07:26 am (UTC)
Oh, Kim. Bummer. Good luck on the next one.
snidegrrl
Oct. 2nd, 2003 12:38 am (UTC)
Thanks :)
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