First let me apologize for the rather confusing discussion topic. What i mean is that I just had the unpleasant experience of taking the new CCDP ARCH (300-320) V3.0 exam.
Secondly, I am always trying to keep an open mind and an objective approach to my discussions. I will say sorry for this in advance since this may look like a complaint because of a failed exam – but it’s really not. I just want to share my experiences to other people so they can avoid taking this exam until it’s fixed and fair!
So where to start?
I have failed the previous exam ones on a close call, that felt a bit like it was fair and square (talking about the 640-version, version 2.0).
Needless to say It was a fair fail and it felt like the questions had covered the exam topics fairly well, and i had a good understanding of all the questions asked.
I didn’t expect to pass that one either, it was more to take the exam to see where I stand so i get a feeling about where I am weak. QoS and VPN-technologies is something i don’t hit on a day-to-day basis or even monthly-basis, and fair enough this was my weak area.
I work on global enterprise networks on a day-to-day basis, consulting in mostly network Design but also Implementation and Troubleshooting.
I do my fair share of EIGRP, OSPF, BGP, VSS, STP, MPLS and so on. It feels like i cover a lot of the topics at work, and sure enough I do if you look at the exam topics and compare them to what i end up with at work:
-Cat 4500,6500 (CATos and IOS)
-Multiple L2 and L3 platforms
-DC-stuff like vPC’s, MEC, OTV
So I would say i have a fairly good background history of designing a lot of the technologies covered by this exam.
However I don’t deal with SP-stuff or VoIP/Collaboration stuff (QoS) so I know I am weak in that area by nature.
That said, i did study a lot of QoS and SP-stuff just to be sure to cover that gap.