Monday, September 10, 2007

How To Double Your Ability On CCNA Exam Day (Or On Any Exam Day!)

I was about to call this posting "How To Double Your Chances On CCNA Exam Day", but that's not the case at all - because the wise computer certification candidate doesn't leave passing up to chance!

That's not just some play on words - there are things that every single one of us can do to increase our ability on exam day. Over the last 10 years, I've taken computer certification exams from Cisco, Novell, Microsoft, and other vendors - and no matter the vendor and no matter the topic, there's been one very simple step that I took each time that literally doubled my abilities on exam day, and it's something you can do as well.

I can hear you thinking "Okay, Chris, what the heck is it already????"

Well, here's the secret, my friends:

Get Plenty Of Rest The Night Before Your Exam.

That's it. Simple enough. Costs nothing.

But I'm telling you - it literally doubles your abilities on exam day.

You can study all you like, and get lots of hands-on practice, but if you're not mentally sharp on exam day, it's all for nothing. It's not enough to know the material on exam day, you've got to be able to apply the knowledge, and the best way to do that is to be well-rested on exam day.

There is no more ineffective way to be ready for an exam than "cramming". If you don't know something at 10 PM the night before your exam, you're not going to learn it in the next few hours. It's just that simple.

While in the waiting room at my local testing center, I've seen one candidate after another who looked like they were up all night studying. They probably were. You do not want to be that candidate.

There's nothing wrong with reading some notes over breakfast or running through a practice exam to get you into "exam mode" before heading for the testing center. As I said earlier, though, if you don't know something by the night before the exam, it's highly doubtful you're going to learn it that night and be able to apply it the next morning.

Make a study plan, stick to it, and make sure that plan allows for plenty of rest the night before the exam. As the great philosopher Dave Attell said.... "Get some sleep!"

To your success,

Chris Bryant
CCIE #12933

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