This blog series is all about helping you find your path to Cisco certification success. It was interesting for me, therefore, to come across a recent article from Global Knowledge approaching the topic of certification exam success from the angle of what not to do on the road to victory. That road can be littered with all sorts of doo-doo, no question, so let’s take a look at some of the bigger types of missteps you want to avoid.


The Global Knowledge article, “Six Certification Exam Mistakes to Avoid,” lists these six common goofs:

  1. Not building confidence first
  2. Studying without scheduling first
  3. Rote memorization without any real-world experience
  4. Not using all available tools
  5. Rushing through the test
  6. Thinking, “I’ve been using this stuff for years, so there’s no need for a class.”


Author Bill Ferguson’s intent is to help you make sure that you’re not so focused on “just memorizing the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model or a list of ports or protocols” that you forget about your overall tactics for success.


You can find the article here. I bet some of you have classic examples of your own to add about what not to do when tackling a Cisco certification exam. Please share below so that you can save your comrades from having to learn the hard way. And, if you haven't done so in a while, take some time to explore the "Learning Center" of the Cisco Learning Network so as not to overlook any options for boosting your journey.