> If anyone has some suggestions how I can get fast enough for this exam,
> love to hear it.
> "Montreal MCT" wrote:
I found that reading the questions before reading the supporting materials
helped me immensely. That might just be me, though.
"ChrisNott" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> The only option it seems left to me is find out where the pool of
> are and practice those until I am fast enough to take the test.
That is a horrible option Chris. If you do that, not only will you be
cheating the test, you'll be cheating yourself, and potentially putting your
current and future certs in jeopardy. You don't want to pass like that.
You want to know that you can handle any situation, and that you earned what
you got. Granted, the design tests are intimidating, but believe me, they
are passable. I am confident that you will find a way.
"ChrisNott" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> John R,
> This is the first useful thing I've seen about 70-297. I really struggle
> with the speed issue. Do you have any more gems to help filter the chaff
> find the important stuff?
Evelyn Wood Speed Reading
MG suggested reading the questions first. This is a common practice that
many people have suggested and used. I did this for a couple of the
scenarios. When you read the questions, that puts little time bombs in your
head that go off when you are reading the scenario. The clock does not run
while switching between the questions and while graphics are loading, but it
does run while you are reading.
Mostly however, this test (IMHO) is all about confidence. That is what I
meant earlier about being on top of your game. You have to know DNS, WINS,
GPOs, replication, trusts, domain models, etc to the point where you can
make quick decisions. And it isn't about what you want to do, or what
Microsoft wants you to do, it is about what the CUSTOMER wants you to do.
If the customer says they want to keep their existing BIND DNS, then guess
what? You're keeping it. Now, what do you need to do to accommodate that?
If the CEO says keep costs down, don't be deploying two DCs, two DNS, two
WINS, two DHCP, and two RRAS servers in each site. If the CEO says network
performance is the paramount issue, what does that mean to server
deployment? After all, the CEO is paying you to do what he wants.
I found myself sketching out the domains and OUs while I was reading the
scenario, marking DNS, DHCP, etc for each site, blocking out domains, etc.
I also made highlight suggestions, i.e. CEO: Costs, IT Mgr: Network
Security, IT Staff: GPO Software Deployment, etc. This helped me sort
through the questions a little quicker. Some people would say there is no
time for that, but I think the time spent doing it was better spent than
re-reading the scenario searching for an answer for three questions. On one
scenario, I literally had 2 seconds left.
Best of luck to you.
Thanks guys for your replies.
Agreed! I won't to pass that way - and i don't know how anyone could prove
you did. My point was that for me, being a particularly slow reader (slow,
not dim) I struggle to read the questions and scenarios (I've tried it both
ways) and still have time to actually answer the questions never mind making
any notes to help my decision making.
To me, and I've seen one or two others viewing the same opinion, a design
exam shouldn't have the same pressure of time that some of the other exam
types might have. personally I'd be veryscared of an "MCSE" who said they
could design my network after a 20 minute interview....
I would still keep trying, but if anyone can suggest a way to get faster I'm
"John R" wrote:
> "ChrisNott" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> news:(E-Mail Removed)...
> > The only option it seems left to me is find out where the pool of
> > questions
> > are and practice those until I am fast enough to take the test.
> That is a horrible option Chris. If you do that, not only will you be
> cheating the test, you'll be cheating yourself, and potentially putting your
> current and future certs in jeopardy. You don't want to pass like that.
> You want to know that you can handle any situation, and that you earned what
> you got. Granted, the design tests are intimidating, but believe me, they
> are passable. I am confident that you will find a way.
> John R
I tried that way too........It gave me more time, but I think I missed more
of the important stuff than doing it the other way round.....
"Mostly Gizzards" wrote:
> > If anyone has some suggestions how I can get fast enough for this exam,
> > I'd
> > love to hear it.
> > "Montreal MCT" wrote:
> I found that reading the questions before reading the supporting materials
> helped me immensely. That might just be me, though.
Sorry to bother you guys im new in montreal and wondering where i can do MCSE
exams and decent price as well .
I plan to take this 297 exam soon.
And I am just wondering about the "reading the questions first" technique;
Does the test allow you to read ALL the questions related to the current
scenario, eg. move forwards and backwards through the questions.
My concern is that, I select "next" to the last question* and the test
starts the next scenario, without me having answered any of the questions
from the previous scenario.
Hope this question makes sense.
*ps. Are you able to tell if you are on the last question in a
> Took my 298 today. Passed, although I didn't like the way it worked.
> You get 34 questions, but they are broken up between several scenarios.
> So you may get 8 questions, then 5, then 9, then 4, then 8. Each section has
> a time limit, and once you finish each section, you can't go back.
> There are no specific topics that I can advise you study, since they cover
> everything with the scenarios.
> And the reason I didn't like it? I would prefer 34 questions, covering the
> range of topics, using a single scenario. You could use one simulation to
> play out the whole exam. It would be more of a real world test.