Cisco CCIE Certification is the highest order certification in various Networking domains earning which is an accomplishment in itself. Setting its mark in terms of quality and knowledge, Cisco CCIE Certified Engineers are believed to be experienced and knowledgeable.
Yes I understand clearing Cisco CCIE Lab is not a piece of cake. It takes a lot of time, persistent effort and dying dedication. But don’t you think it’s worth it? True, CCIE is difficult than all the other certification but Network Engineers are the ones who bought this tremendous change to the world by connecting everything to everything.
This was not even predicted by Nostradamus!! Imagine what would be the world like without connectivity.
Take a deep breath and exhale. Again, do the same, once more. You can do it. It is torturously difficult but not impossible to clear. It is time for you to understand and accept that this is just an examination, like other regular exams.
Now go through this article. It will help you in crossing the final leg of Cisco CCIE Certification, that is, Cisco CCIE Lab.
- Lab Practice
For those who have already attempted for CCIE Lab once and for those this is the first time, you all would agree that it is unimaginable to clear Cisco CCIE Lab without spending numerous lucrative hours in labs. The Cisco CCIE Lab Examination asks for it. Rigorous training is the critical ingredient for this examination.
You need to spend at least 5 to 6 hours per day practicing on devices in Cisco Networking lab – One to clear all the concepts and two to increase the speed. Practice in lab till you understand every concept like the back of your hand and do the configurations in the minimum time possible.
- Time Management
Nothing can be earned in this world without giving your time to it (Except billionaires of course). Time Management is paramount for Cisco CCIE Lab. The most intelligent network Engineers fail to earn this certification due to time management. This 8 hours long examination needs to be given very carefully consuming every minute of it meticulously.
Be attentive to what you do, for example, you need to start practicing on desktop keyboard rather than on a laptop to increase your typing speed. Go through all the CCIE forums so that if any topology comes up that is already there, you can avoid wasting time in typing it rather copy paste it from there.
- Outline your weak areas.
Even if you have attempted for CCIE Lab before, outline your weak areas while practicing and work on them. Pick one by one item and become proficient on it. Study hard and practice endlessly till you get it, till it becomes the song of your heart. Cisco CCIE Lab doesn’t accept anyone less than 1 pointer. Keep practicing.
Improve your low areas. This will boost your confidence as well. Being confident is one of the key aspects to be for CCIE Lab. The nervousness can eat you up making you do careless mistakes. Be confident of yourself and your concepts and then go for Lab Examination.
- Brain Dumps
They are out of the equation. Never use them. There are thousands of people who have bought them online and failed to earn this certification after so many attempts. Brain Dumps are waste of your money, time and resources.
They won’t help. The Cisco CCIE Lab Examination is such that you need to know exactly what is going on in order to pass. IT tests your knowledge, your logistics and your concepts. It tests how well can your perform in time tested situations.
- Tricky Questions
The Cisco CCIE Lab Examination won’t throw a simple configuration or an easy topology to you. This examination in not like your trainer asking you about BGP or doing a normal configuration.
Rather, you would be asked to do a configuration that you haven’t seen before. This configuration will check all your underlying fundamentals and how pertinently you are using your concepts towards resolving it.
“The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat.”
Make sure you follow this rule radically. Enroll yourself to the right institute and get the right training. Get trained from the Cisco Certified Trainers only and learn from their experiences.
Take a tip, grasp all the shortcuts, understand the dos’ and don’ts’ and follow them. Get advice in choosing the right path from the experienced and learn from their mistakes. Make all the mistakes here and learn to do the right thing in exam.
- Some more tips:
- The proctor is not your enemy. They can help you in clarifying your doubts in the examination. Befriend them.
- Make sure you practice on the updated devices to avoid waste of time at the time of lab examination. This will help you increase your speed on that one device.
- Keep yourself updated on latest news and coming versions by keeping yourself updated in Cisco forums, Cisco News, Blogs, etc.
- Don’t rely on single book. Networking is a very vast field which cannot accommodate in one single book. Use Cisco docs, Cisco Press Books and do some of your own R&D
- There are numerous topologies. Learn the latest ones for sure. Who knows your luck might shine!
Cisco Examinations are not merely examinations. They are a journey in itself. Here are some of the tips that can help you with the Cisco CCIE Lab Examination but nothing can beat heard work and patience. And if you have chosen this journey, go for it.
You are becoming a story. Don’t lose hope. Keep yourself inspired and enjoy this journey.