I have my first lab attempt scheduled in three months. As doing lab questions in sequential order appears to be a rookie mistake, I’m trying to figure out a better approach.
As a place to begin, I’m looking at the two approaches Mark describes on the DVD classes: #1 is by device and #2 is by technology. By way of judging them, one criteria emphasized heavily through the classes is that you don’t want to touch anything more than twice and preferably just once.
According to this criteria, the first approach is the most efficient. However, it strikes me as more prone to mistakes since you’ll be dealing with pieces of different tasks outside of the context of its own narrative.
1. Is an approach by technology inherently less efficient than an approach by device?
2. Is an approach by device any more prone to mistakes than an approach by technology?
If these questions are unclear, just say what is unclear about them and I’ll clarify. If I’m making any assumptions that make the questions off-base or ludicrous, feel free to say that as well.
Finally, two newbie questions.
1. If you ask for additional plastic sheets/paper to write on, will you be given it?
2. Are points awarded by question or by section?
I will try and best answer your question.
Firstly, there is no one-size fits all. I have heard people saying they wanted to tackle the Q’s sequentially and then pass with that strategy. I have heard people have what I think to be a completely crazy strategy and surprise me and pass. One thing for sure, whatever your stratregy is (you should have practised implementing it 10 times before the real thing) STICK TO IT in the lab- do not deviate from it.
Now, a rookie error is thinking you can go through the lab not making mistakes. Unlikely! You (and I) will probably make a few mistakes if we sat the lab tomorrow, 1 month, 1 year, whatever. Human nature! Hopefully you are in a position whereby you have only made 1-5 mistakes and not more than 5. The trick is to be profficient in troubleshooting and verification.
Now to the two strategies proposed. It depends on what type of person you are. Some people like to have the comfort of having things registered and completed by technology before moving on. For example, if you configure a conference bridge on an IOS router, you HAVE to have it registered in CallManager- this means switching between the router and the CallManager server a couple of times which could consume time but the positive side is once it has registered, you have confirmation that what you have done is correct.
I would say that you need to play around with what works best for you before deciding on what the best plan of attack is. What is also important is the order you tackle the questions. A lot of people like to get QoS out of the way early since it can be quite tedious after 7 hours. A lot of people like to leave dial plan till after lunch or do it as early as possible. You have to experiment.
As for your last two question, (1) I don’t see why they wouldn’t gie you more paper and (2) point are awared by question. So you could have the Qos section be comprised of 3 x 2 point questions. You either score 0/2/4/6 in that section.
If I missed anything, let me know.
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