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CCNP Switch [840/790]

Holy, this was a hard exam. I actually got half way through the exam thinking so many picky details and very specific questions except the labs. The labs were straight forward and didn't seem to run into any issues, I would like to think I got all the labs 100%.

After half way, I got a bit more confident but felt like I was going to fail because of the first half of the exam.

L2: 62% :(

Inf. Security: 92%

Inf. Services: 67%

I took route around October last year and it was so much easier than this exam. Had a little break and started studying for switch around 4 months ago but actually started taking it more seriously 2 months ago when I was about to book the exam. Booked the exam thinking it would be nice to pass a day before my birthday, while taking a week of work so I'm glad that turned out ok!

I used mainly Udemy, Boson, the 3750 configuration guide and skimmed through the OCG. I didn't actually get through the whole of the OCG but did read a lot of blogs online.

I'm sure this doesn't break NDA but you really need to know some objectives on the exam blueprint inside out like STP, FHRP's, VLANs, AAA etc...

I'm planning on booking tshoot on the 1st week of August and need to review loads of route topics but I'm looking forward to it!

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Congrats mate!

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Original Poster2 points · 2 months ago

Thanks man

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Congrats! Glad we could help. :)

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Congrats! 4 month good!

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Congrats and Happy Birthday!

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2 points · 2 months ago

Congrats :)

Im studyin for the Switch exam atm.

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Do you work more with L3 as you chose to do ROUTE first and found it easier, or was there some other reason for the order and your perceived difficulty?

Everyone I've asked so far have said SWITCH is supposed to be easier than ROUTE so I find this intriguing.

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Original Poster2 points · 2 months ago

Thanks man,

funny enough I actually work with L2 mainly, I don't touch any layer 3 at all it just came more naturally when I was studying. I found that what caught me out was the amount of specific details compared to route. Maybe I just enjoy route more since I'm actually looking around to do more layer 3 in a new job.

Concepts in route seem to clicked straight away and I was labbing away, got used to all the theory details. I didn't feel like Switch as as many concepts as route but you really have to dive deep into the concepts

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Ah maybe it really is the "joy" of learning something new then. I also try to always tackle the topics first I have no/less clue about. Thanks for answering! Good luck with smashing TSHOOT!

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