Armen - I wouldn't say I have been "cramming" but I did get a healthy dose of What Would Russ Do (optimal routing design) on the flight to Chicago.
To be honest I've read that book cover to cover..... I think that's the best shot we have, but anything can go on the day. I might start the day by firstly putting on 10 alarms, coz no matter how much you've studies, no good jumping out of bed at 10:00 am!!!
(Could you imagine!!!)
...but cramming no, just a constant and steady rate of knowledge gathering, research, reading... and at times calling for divine intervention.
We`re two guys that will attempt in London tomorrow. We did register for this in mid January.
Good luck to all! =)
So a total of 9 world wide... so what's 3% of 9 again??
Sorry my mistake... 7% or 9.
Only part of one of you will pass.
To everybody writing tomorow
I don't think that the economic conditions are to blame for me. The journey is self funded for me independent of the economy and I know what I don't know. I'm not ready so no sense in wasting money. I'm not quitting though. I'm working on knocking out CCDP - I'm taking the last exam that I need on Monday. I'm also working on transitioning into a design oriented role at work (finally), but that's not a done deal yet as there are lots of internal politics involved. Good luck to everyone tomorrow!
So... here's the final tally... 14 people in London, and another 14 in the States. So 28 all in all, not a bad turn out.
... And as for the test, well the two pints of beer consumed almost immediately after the end of the exam in a pub around the corner with the rest of the guys went down like water!!!... it was a blur on how I got home and how I conked out for 5 hours straight. It was a challenging and exhausting day.
By the way, no one in London had taken the beta....
We now anxiously but precociously wait for the news...
Good luck all, cheers Armen
Only on an exam admistration level, completely non technical. I'm not even sure if she was from Cisco, could have been a Pearson person from the States.
She was from Prometric US.
These are going o be 6 (or more) loooooong weeks
Anyways the day and the exam was fun for me (and the evening!! - some of us didn't stop after 2 pints ... ).
Was it just me or was the prometric location anything but "impressive" (post from Steve Barnes if you look for the Thread
"Note taking in the CCDE Lab"). If Medical and Legal staff are tested there - we are in trouble
It was a standard location (didn't seem like a "patented design" - not even any design!) - with standard security - and very slow PCs (but the monitors where fine!) - My impression...
What do you guys think (whoever is in this forum and attended in London...)
Mate, the two pints went straight to my head, but funnily enough I had a strange inclination for ordering pizza afterwards No idea why!!!
Reg the test centre, it's no Heathrow regarding security, but I have seen a lot lot worse centres in London. The monitors by the way were rented!!! so they all got packed away and sent back.
The only comments I would have regarding the set up and running would be the timing of the breaks. Having had B/fast at 7am, to sit through a test and not eat anything till 12:30pm is a bit rough... then the lunch was nothing that could provide sustenance till 5:30. Lucky the proctor got us some afternoon tea or else it would've been disastrous. So you're sugar levels are up and down like a Yo-Yo, not good exam conditions, and not good for health. The CCIE I took in Sydney Aus, we were taken to a proper cafeteria where we chose our food from a proper buffet. I don't think a hand full of cut sandwiches and a plate of crisps cut the mustard that day to be honest. Imaging if someone was diabetic.... they could of had a real emergency on their hands.
Anyway.. just my two bobs worth.