I'm finally CCNA certified and realized something interesting in retrospect of the experience. When I took each exam, I was very prepared. I mean I thought I had more info down than I needed and had even went out of the way to go past the objectives in some aspects. I had never been more prepared for any other academic exams in my life.
Then I actually took the exams. In both instances there were multiple times I thought I wouldn't be passing. The wording was trickier than I expected. I was well aware of what to expect using Boson exams and in the instance of ICND2, having ICND1 under my belt. Still the Cisco word trickery is at level 9000. You also have stuff scattered in that doesn't even fall into the objectives. The part comes where your score appears and you get that feeling of watching a car crash, you almost want to look away but you can't. Even after experiencing this with the ICND1, I knew if I passed the ICND2 it would be with an 811 on the dot....
However this was not the case. I received 900s on both exams. In the case of ICND2, nothing was higher than 82% in the breakdown, going all the way down to 50%. Then it dawned on me. Cisco knows what they're doing with these exams. We're all used to traditional evenly weighted exams and Cisco preys on this. Their weighing of things is very much not even and all over the place. They use that to throw you off your game and add even more stress to the situation. This can translate directly into a real life high stakes scenario on the job and how you handle it. So they use the exam to test you not only on knowledge but your ability to cop with stress.
That's just my take on it anyway. Maybe I'm totally reading into something that isn't there. I hadn't really seen this logic mentioned anywhere. Any body else have thoughts on it?