Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Fear and Loathing at Ambilogic

brave, reckless, confident, unprepared, hopeful naieve, prepared...

4 of us decided to take test #6 tonight - 70-294 "Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure" (is that a long enough title for you).

35 questions, 1 hour 35 minutes. Absolute top score is an 800. Passing is 700. You do the math.

Did we mention our teacher's "what the f**k" messages? Consider this an advanced notice. Somewhere out on the internet, Rich is swearing up a storm.

I shouldn't paint it so bad. 2 of us passed. But the 2 who didn't were, undoubtedly, the smartest of our bunch. The difference between the two groups? 70 points. Yep, top score was 730, bottom was 660. Even for the two who passed, when we (yes, I was one of them) came out of the testing center everyone said "you look like you've just been beaten up." And that's exactly how we felt.

There are also 2 (not one, but two) tests that contain completely unexpected, completely incongruous material. The "easy" test had 5 simulators. The "hard" ones had more than 11.

I'm beginning to seriously wonder about the fairness of these tests. What can be done? I'm not sure. Maybe I'm just lashing out as part of "survivor guilt" (no, not guilt about watching the TV show).

5 more people are slated to take the test tomorrow. You can only wonder what the dawn will bring.

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