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    CCIE Methodology

    By Raiy Wong | September 17, 2009

    This is from a doc I created related to non-technical (almost) aspects of the CCIE labs. It may help many people that fail for some reason that may not be technical sometimes. It does not apply to a specific track.


    · Lab is impossible to pass

    · 2000 hours of lab practice are necessary

    · 10 years of experience

    · Sacrifice your life for the lab


    · Blueprint is very important

    · Try to see where you will have to make an effort

    · Understand the parts of the labs

    · Speak with your family – sometimes they may not understand why you work so hard and it may not help

    · Where will you practice labs?

    · Relax


    · Work every part separately (if possible). By doing a lot of master practice labs you might lose precious time that you could spend on getting a deeper knowledge of some point of the lab. Usually we do not have infinite time to prepare for the lab so time management is a key point.

    · Be sure to know every way a technology (protocol…) can be configured

    · If you think you don’t understand some point at 100% then work harder to understand it.

    · If you think “ this topic will not come at the exam” you are probably wrong

    · Do scenarii "mentally" and repeat step by step how to configure any topic of the lab blueprint

    · When close to the lab date I (you don’t have to do it) enter in "lab mode" where I recheck mentally again and again everything so at lab time configuring a specific topic should be easier.


    · Sleep well

    · See where the lab will take place

    · Remind all the steps for configs to refresh what you know

    · Try to avoid last minute work , just do it to sleep well if needed!!

    · Relax (if possible)- Stress is your worst ennemy at the lab. Many people I know failed because of the stress even if technically ready!! This point is 50% of your lab, don’t forget it.


    · Write down all configuration steps that you may forget later.. This would depend on the lab you are taking

    · Read the lab

    · Spot tricky points (and annotate not to forget later)

    · Better go slow but well instead of fast and bad

    · Try to avoid troubleshooting more than 10 minutes

    · If there is a question you don’t know then don’t fight, do not do it, you would lose time for what you know

    · At the end of the lab check if what you have done is still working

    · Do not change a critical part at 30 minutes of the end

    Between Attempts

    · Learn from failure

    · Try to figure out what you did not understand well

    · Prepare for next attempt

    · There should be a short time between attempts not to forget what you’ve learnt

    That’s it.

    Fabien CCIE #6684 R&S/Security/Voice


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