Taking BSCI

sgtcaseysgtcasey Posts: 5Member ■□□□□□□□□□
Well, it's around 11:30pm and at 9am tomorrow I'll be sitting down to knock out the BSCI test. My only problem is I don't feel prepared for the test. If I wouldn't still end up paying for it, I would back out for a week more of study time.

I studied by only reading the CCNP BSCI Self-Study book.

At my job, I have access to numerous devices such as 6509's, 4507R's, 4000/5000/5500-series chassis switches and the occasional 3560/2950 switch.

Is there a website or any type of book available that could provide me with different scenarios to put together in the lab at work?

I have 24-hour access to the lab and have thought of spending some of my weekend there running through different things and basically just getting some hands on with OSPF, IS-IS, and maybe even BGP since I never see those used at my job.

Dave
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  • opers13opers13 Posts: 100Member
    I failed the BSCI last week, I'm re-taking it tomorrow....Last week I felt just like u are feeling today....

    Make sure you understand Redistribution.

    opers13
  • EricOEricO Posts: 93Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Best of luck to you. Let us know how you do.
  • sgtcaseysgtcasey Posts: 5Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Yeah, I failed the test. Those BGP and redistribution questions kicked my butt. I think I am going to take a few days away from studying or reading of any CCNP topics, then pick it back up and schedule the test in a couple weeks. I want to try and get some actual hands on time with this stuff in the lab here at work.

    Dave
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  • opers13opers13 Posts: 100Member
    well, IF I were you, I would jump right at it again and get it done Friday or Saturday.....The sims will be the same, you will see most of the same questions again.

    In a couple of weeks it could be a totally different exam......

    opers13
  • mikej412mikej412 Posts: 10,090Member
    sgtcasey wrote:
    Kinda grumpy at the thought of spending $125 to realize he needs to study more. icon_confused.gif
    No no no.... it was a recon. A recon under fire. Yeah -- that's it. :D

    Now you have a better idea of what's on the exam. But double check the exam blueprint and be prepared for anything on it. Just because you didn't get nailed hard on a topic this time doesn't mean you won't next time.

    The Cisco Press Practical Studies series is what I used for hands on study.
    :mike: Cisco Certifications -- Collect the Entire Set!
  • sgtcaseysgtcasey Posts: 5Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    mikej412 wrote:
    Now you have a better idea of what's on the exam. But double check the exam blueprint and be prepared for anything on it. Just because you didn't get nailed hard on a topic this time doesn't mean you won't next time.

    The Cisco Press Practical Studies series is what I used for hands on study.

    Thanks, I will check that book out. :)

    Dave
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  • opers13opers13 Posts: 100Member
    sgtcasey wrote:
    mikej412 wrote:
    Now you have a better idea of what's on the exam. But double check the exam blueprint and be prepared for anything on it. Just because you didn't get nailed hard on a topic this time doesn't mean you won't next time.

    The Cisco Press Practical Studies series is what I used for hands on study.

    Thanks, I will check that book out. :)

    Dave

    Dave,

    I just looked up that book on Amazon, I guess there are a lot of mistakes in the book. Apperantly there are 18 pages of erratas for it on ciscopress.com.

    Did you find any mistakes?

    opers13
  • sgtcaseysgtcasey Posts: 5Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    opers13 wrote:
    Dave,

    I just looked up that book on Amazon, I guess there are a lot of mistakes in the book. Apperantly there are 18 pages of erratas for it on ciscopress.com.

    Did you find any mistakes?

    Yeah, I saw that mentioned on Amazon as well. I ordered the book anyway since my employer allows me to expense books which are work related.

    The way I look at it is that if I have to try and figure something out that the book has incorrect, that will only help me learn a little better.

    Dave
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  • opers13opers13 Posts: 100Member
    Dave,

    I'm with you man..

    opers13
  • mikej412mikej412 Posts: 10,090Member
    sgtcasey wrote:
    The way I look at it is that if I have to try and figure something out that the book has incorrect, that will only help me learn a little better.
    Yeah, I read all the reviews of the Cisco Press books on Amazon before I even started my CCNA -- the quality on the Cisco Press books can be very uneven. And now that I own most of them I wouldn't disagree with most of the ratings on Amazon.

    Its always a good idea to download the errata off of the Cisco Press web site. And yeah, being able to pick out additional errors or recognize the admitted errors is a good indication that you have/are learning the material.
    :mike: Cisco Certifications -- Collect the Entire Set!
  • sgtcaseysgtcasey Posts: 5Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Well, the Sybex book arrived and I like it's layout a little better than the Cisco BSCI book. Plus, the Sybex book goes over all of the tests, not just one of them. I'm giving myself one more day of non-study time and then getting back into it.

    The Cisco practical book is on back order from the Cisco Press website. Hopefully that won't last long.

    Dave
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