Considering the low pass rate of lab first-timers and the 6 month lead-time to book a lab seat, I had a thought to book a second date now, just in case things don’t go my way on the first date. That’s a no-can-do. Double-booking is not permitted by the CCIE scheduling system.
“CCIE candidates are allowed to schedule only a single CCIE lab exam date at any location for each CCIE track. Double booking for lab exams in the same track, at either the same location or different locations, is not permitted by the database. Candidates will be allowed to simultaneously schedule lab exams for different tracks.”
If I fail the first time out, I might make second (and subsequent if necessary) attempts as soon after to the 30-day retake wait period as I can, depending on how close I was to passing. To do that, I’m going to have to hammer the scheduler every day, hoping for a date to free up. Yuck. If Cisco comes through on the new lab locations they’ve promised for 2008, that might free up some spots in RTP or San Jose.
Maybe if I fail the first attempt, I’ll do a ground-up rebuild of my lab prep with the IE workbooks instead. Hmm. That’s a thought, but another 6 months worth of no weekends isn’t an exciting thought. But if that’s what it ends up taking, then I guess it is, right? :-)
I had a vague idea of how difficult idea it would be to pass this exam when I started prep. I didn’t know CCIE preparation was going to take over my life.