Smacked Down by Cisco CCIE Assessor Lab v1.6 - Anyone Else Take This???
So I am about 3 weeks away from my first lab attempt. I took IE's Mock Lab #5 last week and was feeling ok about the score - 77 - but knowing that I still have work to do in the last few weeks - especially on my weaker areas like Security, QoS, IP Svcs. I decided to purchase both Cisco CCIE Assessor labs and took the first one last Thursday. I was beat down by the score - a whopping 50% *arrgh* - the worst I have ever scored on any Mock Lab to date.
Now by my count the grading script marked about 15-18% wrong when I feel that I met the requirements of the task, but not exactly in the way they wanted. I didn't violate the requirements - just didn't use the tool they wanted, i.e. (No NDA violations here....don't worry) I would choose a distribute list when they were maybe looking for a different filtering method. They didn't specify which method to use so I chose my own.....the end result in the routing table was the same....but no points for the task.
In addition - the wording to the questions was "cryptic" to say the least. I had a hard time understanding what they wanted and what the actual requirements were. I have been through IE's Vol1-3 workbooks more than once + 4 Mock Labs and this is the worst wording I have seen.
Anyone else out there taken the Assessor's and felt the same way? Or I am I in for a big surprise in a few weeks with the actual lab. I am hoping by venting that someone can calm me down and at least let me know the real lab isn't as bad with the grading & wording as this first Assessor lab seemed. Can anyone comment on how the real lab wording was compared to these Assessor's? (no NDA violations obviously....just a general comparison).