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I’ve had a few e-mail queries from folks wanting to know why I chose NetMasterClass.com (NMC) for my lab prep workbooks. To that end, here’s how my thought process went.
I chose NMC after reading through demo material from several sites. I like NMC’s writing style and approach the best. It felt immediately comfortable to me and my way of thinking and learning. I also used TESTiT to help prep for the written. While NMC needs to beef up the test question database to better prepare candidates for the v3 written test, everything that was in the TESTiT database was well-written, with tidy, to-the-point explanations, plus links if you wanted to read up more. I used TESTiT until I could correctly answer and explain every question in the database. On the occasions I was still puzzled, I’d
post a question to the forum site. I always got an answer back, usually a quick one (most of the time within a few hours). I also noticed that the DOiT Vol.2 lab forums tended to have lots of traffic, which I found encouraging.
I liked the DOiT demo lab quite a bit. Again, I liked the way it was written, the way they did their network diagrams, and so on. I don’t know that NMC would be the best answer for everyone, but I think it was a good answer for me. I guess I’ll know better in 6 or 8 months after I’ve attempted the lab a time or two. :-)
Another thing in NMC’s favor was pricing. I could get all the practice labs for $299, including proctor explanations (all online format). IPExpert.com is $1,000 for equivalent material. InternetworkExpert.com is $625. CCBootCamp.com is $495. I didn’t dig beyond those sites to see who else might be offering what. Maybe you get what you pay for. I don’t know for sure…yet.
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