IIUC Update – Passed!

I passed the IIUC yesterday, so now I'm a CCNA Voice.  It's kind of belittling to get a CCNA-level certification at this point in my career, but I didn't want to be completely left behind, so I figured I should move into some voice stuff before I'm left in the dust.

The exam was probably the best Cisco exam I've ever taken.  Of all the exams I've taken in the last few years, this is the only one that didn't have questions with huge misspellings or grammatical errors.  I was really taken aback at that since a good portion of the questions from some of my recent CCNP exams were plain unreadable.  I think I remember leaving a comment on one IIUC question about the word "an" being left out of a description, but that was no big deal.  I'm not that obesessive-compulsive.

The exam wasn't that difficult, either.  There were some questions that I wound up reading over and over again because the answer was just so obvious to me Pokies, and I wanted to make sure I didn't miss something.  There were a good number of questions on the CCA which I didn't enjoy one bit.  Those are the questions that ask "what tab do you select to do X?"  Those, in my opinion, are pointless memorizations since, outside of the exam, I can just click around to figure out what's being asked.  On that same vein, I did get a simulation to configure a UC500 to meet requirements, but that was pretty trivial.  The most difficult questions dealt with connecting your CME to either the PSTN or PBX; I actually focused my studies on that specifically, but I still blew it.  Oh, well.

Now that voice is finished, I'm back on the R&S track and am studying for the CCIE written.  I'll get around to marking the calendar for my attempt, but, for now, I'm going to take a few days off and enjoy some cigars.

Send any Gilligan's Island episodes questions my way.

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Aaron Conaway

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7 comments for “IIUC Update – Passed!

  1. February 8, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    good work mate. good luck at the cigar shop 😉

  2. Jeff
    February 9, 2011 at 4:07 am

    Congrats and well done to you Aaron! I am scheduled to take the IIUC on February 28th and I am hoping to join your august ranks also! 

  3. Alex S
    February 9, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Big Gratz!!!

  4. Michael Lomker
    February 10, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I did the CCNA/NP/DP for the first time back in 1998.  It has been fun to watch the exams progress over the years.  I ended up losing my certs in `06 by failing the CCIE Written twice in a row and missing my re-cert deadline.
    Long story short, I'm impressed with the quality of the CCNA exam compared to what they use to be.  I look forward the NP and IE written (I'll go for 2 passes out of 4 tries. lol).

  5. February 13, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Congrats on the pass! Did they have any product-specfic questions? That is, "how many ephones does a Cisco 2801 support?", etc.

  6. February 14, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Thanks to all.

    Jeff:  Good luck on your test.  You'll do great!

    Michael:  The CCNA-level exams are much, much more difficult than when I first went through CCNA back in 2001-ish.  Those exams were basically a joke; these are very broad and a lot deeper than you would expect!  Good luck on the NP and IE.

    Joshua:  I did not see any of those questions at all, but a friend of mine took it recently and had several of them.  It was just a roll of the dice, I imagine.

  7. Ian
    August 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Congrats on passing your CCNA Voice. I have just passed my CCNA Certification and am looking forward to take it further. Cigars are easily the best way to celebrate 🙂


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