WOW! It has been quite awhile since I have made a post. Let me first apologize for that. As Josh had stated, both of us have been very busy with various things (family, work, study etc). For those of you who had been following my progress with my CCIE Voice studies may remember back in February when I had stated that I was able to secure a lab seat in RTP for one last attempt at the voice lab before blueprint changes were going to be made mid-July.

Well, I sat the lab for the 3rd time and unfortunately, I didn’t pass. At the end of the day, I felt I had done pretty well, and although I had begun to second guess myself as I went back through the exam in my head, I thought that I had a pass. When looking over my score report, I couldn’t believe how far off my scores were compared to how well I felt my lab had gone. One thing that really did grab my attention though, was that I had received a score for a section that I am sure I DID NOT have on my exam. I decided to open up a case with Cisco to see if I could get some explanation for how this may have happened. Now, for those of you who may not know, Cisco does not allow re-reads for the Voice Exam. With that being known, my intentions were not for them to change my grade from a fail to a pass, but was more to see if some mistake may have been made and possibly get a resit. A few days after I had opened up the case, I received an e-mail which was followed up by a phone call from the CCIE Lab Operations manager, Kathe Saccenti. During our discussion, Kathe stated that it appeared some sort of grading mistake may have been made and that she was in the process of following up with the proctors. In the end, Cisco has offered me a free re-take. With no seats being available for the V2 lab, I had also requested that Cisco waive the 30 day wait period as well as give me the opportunity to have a seat should someone drop. Both of these requests were denied. I probably could have made more of a big deal out of it and really tried to press the issue, but I didn’t.

So, with all of that being said, I am continuing on with my studies and have began my preparations for the V3 lab. As before, I plan on mainly using the IPExpert V3 material but will also be supplementing with workbooks from CCBootcamp as well as my free upgrade to V3 from Voicebootcamp. I am currently taking a short break from studies to spend some time with my family, but plan on starting back hard in August with an attempt at the new lab in the Sept/Oct timeframe.

James

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