1 2 3 Previous Next 40 Replies Latest reply: Nov 21, 2014 4:48 PM by Marino W RSS

    Poorly written and wrong answers in the CCDP Arch v2.1 exam

    Thomas Larsen

      This is the worst exam I have ever taken. My experience tells me that the scoring is wrong.

       

      I have tried the exam 3 times. Same security questions every time, only 50% correct everytime (okay security is not my strong point). Last exam I changed my answer for one of them, still only 50% correct!

       

      Not allowed to refer to test questions I´ve rewritten my example.

       

      For instance an question is about which transportation to use?

      5 choices, here is 2 of them.

       

      A. Bicycle?

      B. Cycle?

       

      One IS the right answer. Which would you pick??

      _____________________________________________________________________________

       

      And what is PRVST+????? I now what RPVST+ is!

       

      And the list goes on. My faith in this exam is low.

        • 1. Re: Poorly written and wrong answers in the CCDP Arch v2.1 exam
          John Tiso

          Hello-

           

          Did you make comments in the comment boxes on the exam? If so I can look at them.

           

          Regards-

           

          John Tiso, CCIE#5162

          Product Manager - Cisco Services

          • 2. Re: Poorly written and wrong answers in the CCDP Arch v2.1 exam
            Rigo - Community Moderator

            Hi Thomas,

             

            I am sorry to hear of the issues you encountered during your exam.

             

            Please feel free to open a case with the Certification & Communities Online Support team to submit exam feedback for further investigation www.cisco.com/go/certsupport

             

            Regards,

            Rigo

            Cisco Learning Network Moderator

            • 3. Re: Poorly written and wrong answers in the CCDP Arch v2.1 exam
              Thomas Larsen

              Hi John,

               

              Thanks for replying.

               

              Yeah for some I did in  2 of the tests. But if you like I can send you the questions when I get back.

               

              Regards

              Thomas

              • 4. Re: Poorly written and wrong answers in the CCDP Arch v2.1 exam
                Thomas Larsen

                Ok thanks - I will do that.

                 

                Regards,

                Thomas

                • 5. Re: Poorly written and wrong answers in the CCDP Arch v2.1 exam
                  cbe

                  Hi Thomas,

                   

                  I too have had similar experience with this exam.  I feel that the answer key that Cisco uses could possibly be wrong.  When practicing with the mock exams for this exam, I select the correct answer (which is straight from the book) however, the mock exam marks it incorrect.  I can only assume that the same result is happening on the actual exam.  Now, the mock exam lets you see what you got correct and what you missed....I wish Cisco would be able to do this in this case since I strongly believe there are some questions where although the correct answer is chosen, it is still marked incorrectly since the answer key is wrong.  I too have failed the exam twice now and am debating whether to spend another $200 of my training budget for a third go round.  Not only did I fail this exam twice but, I got the exact same score the second around.  Why is there such a low pass rate and a high fail rate for this exam in particular?  I never had this issue with the CCDA.  I practiced mock exams until I was at or above a 90% then went and took the exam and passed my first try.  So what is the deal with this exam?  Does Cisco want to phase out this exam track by purposely setting up people for failure?  Also, I find it a bit strange how can Cisco can administer a new version of an exam when the corresponding book is not even out yet in print edition??  I'm going to use that link that was provided to open a quality case with Certification support and request a refund from my second exam attempt.  This exam is hoax!!!!

                  • 6. Re: Poorly written and wrong answers in the CCDP Arch v2.1 exam
                    Thomas Larsen

                    Hi Cbe,

                     

                    Sorry to hear you had the same experience taking the exam! But somethings fishy..

                     

                    That said don´t necessarily trust every answer from the mock ups - I found several mistakes in regards to the Cisco Press book for the 642-873 exam.

                     

                    What bothers me the most is that you get poorly written questions. Which only makes it more difficult to grasp the enssence or understand when english is not your native languge. The exams are not cheap and the study does not come easy.

                     

                    My reading in different forums have shown me that a lot of people only got 50% correct on the security questions. Which seems odd when you change your answers for one or more of the questions. It leads me to think the question are not always checked and wrong answers may be "correct".

                     

                    As you said having taken a lot of exams this one seems different in a wrong way.

                    • 7. Re: Poorly written and wrong answers in the CCDP Arch v2.1 exam
                      Pedram

                      Hi guys,

                       

                      I passed this exam in my first attempt. This is tough one and I studied almost 5 months for it using 642-873 and 642-874 rough-cut books. I was heard that the failing rate for this exam is so high, so I approached carefully. I found the exam very tricky, full of words like "only", "all", "most" , "best" which made some answers wrong just because of that word. I think the key for passing this exam is to read questions and choose answers with obsession! I also put comment for a question which had correct options more than required!

                       

                      HTH,

                      Pedram.

                      • 8. Re: Poorly written and wrong answers in the CCDP Arch v2.1 exam
                        Thomas Larsen

                        Congrats Pedram!

                         

                        I do not find the exam tricky. Yeah I had 2-3 questions were "most" tells you to order the degree of importants but that is part of being a designer Did not have any of the other mentioned.

                         

                        But I definitely had a question about WAN connectivity options with more than the 2 needed correct answers! Third answer about IGMP snooping.

                         

                        When did you take it and what were your scores? If you do not mind sharing

                        • 9. Re: Poorly written and wrong answers in the CCDP Arch v2.1 exam
                          Pedram

                          Thanks Thomas,

                           

                          I passed about month ago. I think we are not allowed to share our detail score and percentages because of Cisco exam policy, but it was more than I expected it to be .

                          • 10. Re: Poorly written and wrong answers in the CCDP Arch v2.1 exam
                            John Tiso

                            Hello Folks-

                             

                            What I would request is that you put comments in to the VUE exam when you are taking this. I can then review this with the Exam Program Manager.

                             

                             

                            Regards-

                             

                             

                            John Tiso, CCIE #5162

                            Product Manager - Cisco Services

                            • 11. Re: Poorly written and wrong answers in the CCDP Arch v2.1 exam
                              Thomas Larsen

                              Hi John,

                               

                              What I request is that you just read the current questions, check the gramma and the answers. There can´t be that many! Then all of this would not be necessary

                              • 12. Re: Poorly written and wrong answers in the CCDP Arch v2.1 exam
                                rabooth15

                                Im scheduled for my third attempt this friday (10/ 14/11). From reading through this thread im suspect of my last attempt last week which I failed for the same reasons as mentioned above. I did comment on a few questions that didnt make sense, and had mistakes. I would (and thought about) opening a case with Cisco but at this point I dont think anything would get resolved before my test friday.

                                 

                                I will make sure to comment as much as possible on Friday and then report back. Maybe for my efforts I can get a free shirt or badge holder

                                • 13. Re: Poorly written and wrong answers in the CCDP Arch v2.1 exam
                                  Thomas Larsen

                                  Well good luck then!

                                   

                                  Remember opening a case can help others who are in the same situation and just maybe Cisco will take some action. I opened a case a month ago and if I experience the same bad gramma again I will be furious and make enough threads to fill a Google search page!

                                   

                                  Be sure I will comment every single question at my next attempt.

                                   

                                  Best of luck!

                                  • 14. Re: Poorly written and wrong answers in the CCDP Arch v2.1 exam
                                    rabooth15

                                    Passed yesterday by the skin of my teeth. I think something is up with the test though. There was a number of questions with typos which made it hard to determine the correct answer (same as mentioned above). Also one question had multiple answers that where identical which of course was the answer I wanted to choose.So I had to guess between the two.

                                     

                                    From my last attempt I had several areas that i did weak in. I focused on these areas hard this time around during prep. I feel I answered all those questions correctly and didnt have any in these areas that where difficult in my mind. But I still scored very low on those sections. Im wondering if the answers are wrong or the questions were incorrectly worded. Makes me wonder if these errors would have been corrected if I would have passed my first two attempts? Im wondering if it would be worth it to open a case to review my three attempts to see if there where any errors.

                                     

                                    I made sure to comment on all questions with errors or that were poorly worded/confusing. 

                                     

                                    Either way Im happy for the pass but upset that it took three times. OH well.

                                    1 2 3 Previous Next