“You know, sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage, just literally 20 seconds of embarrassing bravery, and I promise you something great will come of it.”
– Benjamin Mee “We bought a zoo”
My last post was the news I booked the CCIE written exam, last week I made the bold move to move my exam not further but at the same week I booked the exam. Yes, as it was crazy and believe me I sat my exam in constant prayer that every time I hit the next button I would at least understand the next question that would come up.
100 questions in a little more than 2 hours, it was out of control. So I arrived in the testing centre 30 min before my exam. I have decided to take the exam in the same testing centre where I took my CCNA R&S exam. I did everything out of ritual, same testing centre, arrived 30 minutes before the exam and same day I took all my previous exam, Thursday.
I took the first exam slot which is 9am. 8:30am I was already in the parking area, feeling anxious I walked around the area. In my mind I was going through VRFs, IPv6, LDP etc, knowing Cisco, this test would all be about curve balls. It will not be your usual R&S questions about routing, IGPs, BGP, switching stuff, I feel like they’d reserve that for the lab. 9am, situated myself, after the usual registration, sat infront of the computer, the moment I saw the cisco logo, my heart started beating faster.
Going through the exam itself, a part of me was telling me “Delan what have you done?, your stupidity of listening to that stupid movie line will cost you $512. Why didn’t you just give yourself enough time to study?”. But I told myself “Shut up! I am taking an exam! it’s either you help me search my brain muster an answer or keep quiet” 🙂 yes sometimes I feel like I have schizophrenia, hearing voices in my head. I hope not.
Anyway I got to question 100, it took me a minute or two to decide the next button because I know, once I click that, that’s it. Besides you can’t go back to the previous questions. To my delight I got a passing score. It wasn’t the same score as my previous Cisco exams but then again…a pass is a pass.
It took a day before it sank into me that I really did it. Half the battle is done. The big one is coming…