I'll have a post in a few days reviewing the book that I used in preparation for this attempt at the exam. I went into the exam pretty confident, with a goal of acing it. I signed up for the exam during the holiday break. The test center nearest to me had appointments on Monday (MLK Jr. day) and since my office would be closed that day, I figured that would be a good time. It gave me almost three weeks to really prepare for it. Then, yesterday (Friday,) I get a call from Pearson/Vue telling me that the test center was going to be closed for the holiday and how did I want to reschedule my exam.
I thought about the next Saturday, but I didn't want to wait that long. And, I thought about Tuesday, but I really didn't want to take a day off from work. So, I asked if there were any centers that were open on Saturday. There was, and it was a drive, but I figured what the heck. If I passed, I'd have a great weekend. If I didn't.....well, I didn't want to go there. And I was still pretty confident.
But, as I confident as I was, and knowing the information, I still thought the exam was pretty hard. There were some questions dealing with technologies that I had never heard of before, and I was pretty surprised. Sure, I know there are questions that they use on the exam that are un-scored. But it was pretty unsettling. There were a couple of times that I had to rally myself as there were some questions I didn't think worded well. But to see the "CONGRATULATIONS" on the screen after filling out the survey was absolutely the best feeling. I had to sit in my car for ten minutes before texting home to let them know I was on my way.
So, the exam knocks off a DoD requirement; one less certification to worry about.