I was slapped in my face when I started the exam. My CCNA Certification was about to expire. I did not have a deadly need for certifications, but I wanted to preserve the success I had already achieved. I made a reservation for the exam and had two weeks for preparations. Finally, I failed.
I mainly used the Cisco learning network. Some practice question sets helped me get an impression of the exam. There were also some preparation documents. I also found some web sites that are mostly prepared for the BSCI exam, and may also be helpful for the new route exam. Of course, these statements were valid until the exam date.
To keep it short I will summarize my findings.
- Having official training documents for the ROUTE exam would help (at least the book CCNP ROUTE 642-902 Official Certification Guide)
- Things like BGP properties, OSPF LSAs should be memorized (to know something about them is not enough)
- You should do some configuration examples in a lab or simulator on all topics.
- You should review all related show commands (I mean in lab or simulator environment)
- Some questions can be time-consuming, You should be steady, make sure your answer and not pause after answering
I am not sure if I will be able to retake this exam before my CCNA expires. However, I am sure I will continue to study these subjects. It is now something more than certification for me. I noticed I was dull over the years, and I need to fix this immediately.