Passed CCNA 200-125 - 9/3/19
I passed my CCNA exam today where I barely passed with a score only 30 points above the pass-mark. I timed-out with 5 questions remaining/unanswered.
4 x Cisco Netacad Courses for R&S
1 x CCNA R&S Practice Exams text (Amazon)
1 x CCNA R&S Official Cert Guide text (Amazon)
1 x Measureup practice exams purchased through Pearson from 1st attempt
2 x University classes directly using Netacad resources to teach R&S
I think it goes without saying that I could "kind of" substitute the experience of Cisco R&S with the fact that I had classes in uni that directly covered the material.
Do I know everything that Cisco themselves probably assumed a cert holder should know? Probably not.
Do I know everything that employers would seek in a Cisco cert holder? IDK—but I'm willing to guess no.
I took this same exam in June and failed not too far from the pass-mark. I took the past two months to study on the topics I could remember from the first attempt (for which I was unfamiliar with). Either it paid off or I simply recognized something similar from the first attempt.
Once again, I can't say I'm all too pleased with the exam in that it isn't really putting the best questions it could ask. I realize perhaps I think this way because of the exam formats I was exposed to on Netacad and Measureup, but that doesn't really leave any excuse for the questions I received. That's all I'll say as I already voiced my opinion the first time and it's pretty much the same. I do not like nor approve of one-size-fits-all mentalities and assuming everyone can finish simulation questions in the same amount of time is ridiculous.
Summing it up:
You can say I took a year to prep based on previous coursework, another 2 months revisiting the same material on Netacad, and then another 2 months revisiting after attempt #1.
All in all, it was still better than the CISSP but it still lacks proper assessment/refinement. Not everyone is going to take <5 min to finish simlets. It's just a fact.