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BSCI – PASS

I’ve  scheduled my exam for Monday but last night around 11pm I told my wifi that I can’t look at my study guide\notes\labs anymore. I just had enough after 6 weeks of intense studies and played with the idea of rescheduling for Saturday morning and having the rest of the weekend to relax.
I didn’t know if it is possible to reschedule in such short notice, 12 hours before taking it but few minutes later it was done and the clock started ticking.

As with my previous exams, I used the same center (and the same pre-exam coffee at Financier Patisserie). Since it is Saturday I took some extra time incase the subway will have problems and getting there 30 minutes ahead of time was great because I could start earlier and get it done.

The exam was fair, most of it as I expected but few point (remember NDA) worth mentioning:

  • IS-IS had a major presence in the exam. I did not expect it to get so much attention as Cisco removed it from the new CCNP track
  • None of my labs (can’t say how many but more than expected) had the copy run start enabled. Usually Cisco consider saving the configuration as part of the lab requirement but though the IOS showed this command (and completed it when I used the TAB button) the Enter button produced a “this command is not implemented” message
  • Another problem with the labs was the ping command. In more than one lab I had to confirm the configuration by running ping to a certain IP address but it was disabled!
  • BGP did not get as much attention as I expected from such a major topic (both in the books and videos). The same apply to redistribution.

Now I’m ONT short of my CCNP and after few days of really needed rest (and well deserved if I may say :)) I’ll start working toward the last piece of my Cisco puzzle.

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  1. somebody
    July 2, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    yesterday i passed bsci and ccna in december 2009.before i started to study for bsci i made a one week ccna review.speacially lab configuration.for bsci i started in february.bsci indeed is a hard exam specially for the people with no experience or less than year in cisco enviroment.i used cbt nuggets(i watched them 7 times),chris bryant videos and a friend of mine gave me ie bootcamp videos.i must say jeremy videos are very good.i was curious bout route book 642-902.i was dissapointed.that book its not covering very good all the topics.the cisco curriculum was the best and in my opinion very good also for the route exam.i have done 3 times the curriculum labs,2 times the labs from the bsci portable guide and any other lab founded on the internet.what really cleared my mind was the video ccie package from jeremy.watch the videos for eigrp,ospf,bgp they are great.and don’t be scared its 100% ccnp stuff but the labs there are awesome.i spend between 6-9 hours a day for study,thats coz i have a lot of free time.monday i’m stating to prepare for the switch exam and also for ccna security.for bsci also i tried to make the labs from the ccnp practical studies and also from bsci 642-801.it won’t hurt your brain at all.i configured also the labs from the 642-902 lab guide.very good for training.one more thing never give up.its hard but thats the way to success.good luck all.

  2. March 15, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    How did I miss this post? Congrats, Rofi! You’re way farther down the road than I am. Keep up the good work, and I’ll soon join you in the realm of the CCNP.

  3. Steve
    March 14, 2010 at 6:15 am

    Congrats, good effort. I’ve got ONT and ISCW still to do, countdown to the finish 🙂

  4. Gilko
    March 14, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Good luck man!

  5. gsm1011
    March 13, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Congrats man! Good job.

  6. March 13, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Congrats on the pass, I am in the line to do so, I hope. Great Blog!

  7. wifi
    March 13, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Congrats hubby, proud of you 🙂 and now we can all enjoy the weekend

  8. Shane
    March 13, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Congrats on the pass!
    I hope to take the BSCi pretty soon.

    Good luck on your journey 🙂

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