instant000 wrote: »
I'm using Boson for their practice tests for ROUTE and SWITCH. (I purposely chose not to get one for TSHOOT.)
I don't have much experience with the NetSim product (except in parts that are used during the sims that fire during Boson's exam preps.)
Just keep in mind that it is a simulation.
If you're going to school for Cisco Networking Technology, you should be able to get on hands at school, correct? One big thing is the hands-on portion.
I just did a Skillsoft test to see how well I knew SWITCH, and scored 72%. Anything I hadn't done hands-on labbing with, I was exposed on, as I was asked specific commands about show output and configurations, that I wouldn't know, unless I'd actually gone through the Lab Manual completely. (I haven't gone though it completely.)
My score revealed that I was "correct or partially correct" on 46/52 questions, which doesn't seem so bad, but realizing the score is only 72% shows a lot of weaknesses that can only be properly shored up by going through the Lab Manual.
If you asked about their test practice exams, I am fully confident in those. As far as the simulator, I have no idea.
You can use dynamips for routing, and get a few switches for your MLS practice. That might turn out to be very comparable to 575. Heck, if you only get 3550, you should definitely be able to get 4 for the price of 575. (If you get 3560, then those cost a bit more still.)
However, as I was alluding to earlier, if you can get this through your school, then that would be the advised route.
nerdydad wrote: »
Boson's product for TSHOOT is top notch. I really enjoy troubleshooting anyways and found myself staying up until 2 in the morning because I was so consumed.