In this ongoing series here at blog.ipexpert.com, we are going to answer the most common questions CCIE instructors hear. Here is the latest:
Question: Is There Time to Use the Documentation in the Lab Exam?
Answer: The answer is YES, but this answer holds true only if one considers what we would term “appropriate” use of the documentation CD. A story that I often tell in CCIE bootcamps is one of the ways I can tell a student IS NOT ready for the exam. It is when they are using the DOC-CD for configurations that they should ABSOLUTELY have memorized. An example I provide is routing protocol authentications. This is an example of a configuration that we should have practices so many times that it is like our own middle name to us.
So here is a list of things to keep in mind regarding the time that you will have available for the documentation CD:
- You NEED to know where things are. If you are very speedy with the documentation CD, then you have more time in which to use to look things up.
- While it is valuable to practice looking up EVERY topic, you should not be relying on it for your “classic” configurations as discussed above.
- You are obviously much more pressed for time in the Troubleshooting section compared to the Configuration section, so plan accordingly.
- Some questions – especially in the services section, might be geared to see if you know the Documentation CD well!
Anthony Sequeira CCIE, CCSI
Common Student Questions–Part 9: Is There Time to Use the Documentation in the Lab Exam?,