ROUTE – Epic Win!

Woohoo!  I passed the ROUTE test this morning.  That means I’m done with the CCNP track!  🙂

If you remember, I took it over a week ago and had some bad luck on it.  Alright, bad luck is the wrong phrase.  I didn’t study enough and failed it.  This time, though, I had a special weapon on my side – the ROUTE Foundations book.  I haven’t used the Foundations books before, but, I saw some tweets about this one, so I picked it up off of Safari.  In just a couple pages, I realized that I was reading the answers to several questions directly out of the book.  It was amazing.  I only studied my weak points and wound up with 144 more points than I did last time.  I can’t say that was entirely because of the book, but I must say it was a big reason.

The test, like last time, was actually really good.  The questions were well-written and clear for the most part.  There were, of course, some that were confusing, but there weren’t any traps like you usually see in the other tests.  A couple asked you to do contradictory things.  There were a couple that just blasted you with information, but, if you read the question and know the material, the answer just pops right out at you.  Overall, another great test.  That makes 2 I’ve taken…and they’re both the 642-902.  🙂

I’m quite excited about finishing up.  I’ve had a lot of failures along the way, but the support from the online community has been tremendous.  Thanks to everyone who kept pushing me and telling me I could do it.  I’m also happy to report that I kept the testing costs below the cost of the CCIE lab (barely) and that I may hold the record for number of P-level tests (8 P-levels tests and 10 overall) and overall Cisco test questions answered (535 questions).  What an honor.  *denotes sarcasm*

So, what’s next?  I think I’m going to take a month or two off from networking to study up for a ham radio license.  We get a lot of hurricanes down here, and having a good radio around will help us and the community out if such a disaster happens.  I’m calling it prep for CCIE-Wireless.  Heh.  When I get done with that, I either plan on hitting up the CCIE-R&S or going down the CCDP track.  I’m not really sure, but we’ll see when we get there.

Don’t worry.  The blog will stay network-related.  With the feedback from the study questions format, I think I’ll start a problem question and answer format.  I’m also thinking of generating scenarios to work through.  Again, we’ll see when we get there.

Send any trips to Delaware questions my way.

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Aaron Conaway

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15 comments for “ROUTE – Epic Win!

  1. Dan
    July 19, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Congrats. Just 13 days to spare.

  2. July 20, 2010 at 2:57 am

    congratz Aaron!!!
    so you’re finished finally, good job. Now take some time to relax and celebrate 🙂

  3. July 20, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I’m so happy for you, working so hard must be rewarded and I bet it is sweater this way 🙂
    take your time now, get some rest, stair at the TV for a while and then you’ll be ready for your next journey

  4. July 21, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Nice! Good job man. It’s great to see others put in the hard work and pull it off. It’s very motivating for me to want to get my CCNP as well.

  5. July 21, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Congratulations 🙂

  6. July 21, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Thanks, everyone. I appreciate all the help along the way! Special thanks to Ivan for filling in the gaps in the study materials. 🙂

  7. July 21, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    My 2 cents – you just nailed CCNP, so use that knowledge while still fresh to tackle the the CCIE R&S written. Congratulations on finally getting ROUTE behind you.

  8. dlots
    July 22, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    gratz dude!!

  9. Eric
    July 23, 2010 at 4:08 pm


    Great job. Blog and audio postings are great…


  10. July 26, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Your blog has been helpful in my studies as well, glad to see all that work paid off! Compared to the CCNP, getting your ham license should be a cake walk (unless you’re going balls out for the extra class license). — KE5KOA

  11. July 26, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Congrats Aaron!

    I’m typically a silent follower, but wanted to extend some congrats to you and encourage you in your ham radio studies as well. It’s well worth the time it will take you. I need to make the time to advance my license.

    Scott Chester, kf6jxt.

  12. July 29, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Hey Man,
    Congrats on getting certified. I’m on the path, BUT will need a little more time.
    Hope I’ll make it soon.

  13. Austin Montford
    August 10, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Nice blog and congrats on completing your ccnp. I know you are happy! I read the cisco press book twice and failed the route exam twice by a combined total of 15 points so going to get the book you recommended. Both times there were questions on the test about things I had never heard of so maybe a different book will give me that 1 question I am needing. 🙂


  14. May 19, 2011 at 12:03 am

    can you suggest me the book to past the test.

  15. May 23, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I would suggest the ROUTE Foundations book. Studying it gave me the push I needed to pass.

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