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Few Questions About Lab Exam

May 5, 2012 7:37 PM

nandanmathure 5 posts since
Jun 8, 2009

Hi Everyone,


I have few questions about lab exam,


1] Can we search within the documentation using "CTRL+F" or even that functionality is unavailable?


2]  Sometimes documentation is not available for particular release so do we have access to other releases as well?


3] I will be sitting for my lab exam in India, I wanted to know if they provide any lockers to keep personal stuff.


4] I prefer drawing my own diagrams so that i understand topology but I would like to know what diagrams do they provide? Like layer2, Layer 3 IPv4, Layer 3 Ipv6 , BGP, etc. or all of them?I hope this doesnt break NDA or if you think it does, then skip answering this one.


5] Is it ok to carry few color pens to draw diagrams? or they provide what is needed?


Thats it for now guys, waiting for answers,



Nandan Mathure

  • learning cookie monster 105 posts since
    Jan 30, 2010
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    1. May 5, 2012 8:43 PM (in response to nandanmathure)
    Re: Few Questions About Lab Exam

    1. I do recall Ctrl + F. It is stripped down IE and windows XP desktop.


    2. Yes You will have access to all piror releases in configuration guides. I suggest keeping to current releases, though. The stuff is there but sometimes moved around. BTW this is a great question as all labs don't necesarrily run same IOS code so I would do 'sh ver' and ensure you are on the right code. I would also check the confreg to make sure that files will save properly.


    3.Depends on the exam... All have at least an L3 logical diagram but hard to say what else might be provided.


    5. In US everything from pocket (cell phone, keys, etc. goes on a table by the door. you get to keep your wallet. One person is allowed out of exam room at at time. It is badged entry so when the badge is hanging, you can go out and get coffee, soft drinks, bathroom, snacks). Not sure about in India.


    5. In San Jose they have a cup full of colered pencils and pens and if ink is low or pencils not sharp, you can ask the proctor for more.


    HTH & Good Luck!



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  • LindsayHill 247 posts since
    May 17, 2010
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    Re: Few Questions About Lab Exam

    Sydney has lockers. I'm sure there will be a secure place to store your gear in India - it's perfectly normal to turn up with a wallet, phone, etc., so there will be a place for it.


    As Marc says, they will provide some diagrams, but you may need to draw more yourself. Some people say they were happy with everything provided diagram-wise, some say they preferred to draw their own. You will certainly be provided with sufficient information to understand the connectivity of systems, but whether that is in a useful format to you depends a bit on you, and what questions you're being asked.

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  • DEEPAK ARORA 834 posts since
    Sep 23, 2009
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    3. May 6, 2012 2:36 AM (in response to nandanmathure)
    Re: Few Questions About Lab Exam

    I took my lab in bangalore. Please find the answers inline.


    1. Yes, but now they allow you to search through documentation using search tab as well, though results may or may not be accurate.


    2. The official version of IOS is 12.4 T series, so you will atleast have full access to it. Rest may or may not work.


    3. Lockers will be provided.


    4. All diagrams are going to be quite detailed but in soft format. So don't worry about it


    5. They provide color pens.



    Deepak Arora

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  • Martin 13,910 posts since
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    7. May 6, 2012 1:45 PM (in response to nandanmathure)
    Re: Few Questions About Lab Exam

    Main Search is disabled in DOC CD (now is web-based);

    but Ctrl+ F (Find on this Page) is not.


    You will have to draw some diagrams; some people claim that not all diagrams are provided.


    some good FREE resources (including video on using DOC in the exam) are from

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