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What to Expect: After the Exam

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on May 28, 2014 1:54:00 PM

By Michael Aldridge

This is my third of three blog posts in my "What to Expect" series. This blog post will focus on what happens after you've taken a certification exam.

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Tags: Michael Aldridge, what to expect after certification exam, failed certification exam, retake exam, didn't pass

What to Expect: During the Exam

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on May 14, 2014 8:40:00 AM

By Michael Aldridge

This is my second of three blog posts in my "What to Expect" series. This blog post will focus on what happens the day of your certification exam.

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Tags: Cisco, Michael Aldridge, What to Expect During the Exam, comptia, taking certification exams

What to Expect: Before the Exam

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on May 7, 2014 9:35:00 AM

By Michael Aldridge

When my wife became pregnant with our first child, we had no idea what to expect. So we prepared by reading pregnancy books, searching online, taking childbirth classes, and talking to friends who had already gone through the experience. Sure, there were a few things that we weren't prepared for, but we were ready for most of the situations we encountered along the way.

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Tags: Microsoft, Cisco, Michael Aldridge, comptia, passing certification exam, what to expect before the exam

How to Prepare for a Certification Exam

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Apr 29, 2014 10:29:00 AM

By Michael Aldridge

I've got three favorite quotes on preparation:

"Every battle is won before it is ever fought."
- Sun Tzu, The Art of War

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."
- Benjamin Franklin

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."
- Abraham Lincoln

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Tags: Microsoft, Cisco, Michael Aldridge, comptia, How to Prepare for a Certification Exam

TSHOOT - Stare and Compare

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Aug 5, 2013 8:40:00 AM

By Michael Aldridge

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, Cisco's 642-832 TSHOOT exam, part of the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Routing and Switching track, is one of the most unique exams I have ever taken. Not only are there multiple choice and drag-and-drop questions, there are also trouble tickets that you will have to diagnose.

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Tags: exam tips, Michael Aldridge, TSHOOT, 642-832, stare and compare

The TSHOOT Tree

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Jul 18, 2013 11:50:00 AM

By Michael Aldridge

I've taken dozens of certification exams over the past 15 years, and I've created practice exams for most of them. But if I had to choose the one that was the most interesting to take and to create, I would have to choose Cisco's 642-832 TSHOOT exam, part of the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Routing and Switching track.

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Tags: 642-832 exam tips, Michael Aldridge, TSHOOT Tree, TSHOOT trouble tickets

The New 100-101 ICND1 Exam: Changes and Thoughts

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Apr 8, 2013 4:43:00 PM

By Michael Aldridge

Have you ever felt like the cartoon character who tries to kick the football, but at the last second, the football is jerked away, causing the poor guy to flip into the air and land flat on his back? Some of you who are studying for your Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) or Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certifications might feel that way after Cisco's recent announcement of brand new ICND1, ICND2, and CCNA exams. But fear not! You're in a much better position than our cartoon counterpart is.

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Tags: Michael Aldridge, ICND1 Revisions, 100-101, CCENT

The New MCSE: Same as the Old MCSE?

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Apr 26, 2012 8:58:00 AM

By Michael Aldridge

When I got my first "real" IT job back in 1998, I set my sights on the most prestigious certification that existed back then: the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certification. Sure, the first step was to become a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). But what did the MCP title really mean? After all, passing any Microsoft exam would enable you to become an MCP. So a developer, a database administrator, and a server administrator might all have the same generic MCP certification. This lack of specificity caused many techs – and many HR managers – to yawn at the MCP credential. Instead, techs set their sights on a certification that indicated to employers exactly what skills they possessed. For server administrators, the MCSE was that certification.

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Tags: MCSA, MCSE, new microsoft certifications, Michael Aldridge, Microsoft certification

7 Question Types on Cisco Certification Exams

Posted by Kelly Mansfield on Mar 23, 2011 9:00:00 AM

By Michael Aldridge

I am often asked by people who are studying for the Cisco CCNA certification exam about what kinds of questions they can expect to see. Cisco exams can include the following question types:

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Tags: practice question, Michael Aldridge, Cisco certification, certification practice exams, ccna exam questions

TSHOOT - How to Tackle Cisco's 642-832 Exam

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:26:00 AM

By Michael Aldridge

Hi! I'm Michael Aldridge, Senior Content Developer at Boson Software. We've recently released our new ExSim-Max for TSHOOT product, and I'd like to share with you some thoughts about how to prepare for Cisco's new 642-832 TSHOOT exam.

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Tags: practice exam, Michael Aldridge, TSHOOT, 642-832, ccnp, Cisco certification, simulation, certification exam