One thing I really hate about cisco is that they force u to do binary math quickly without a calculator.
I know there are "magic" numbers one remembers and go from there, but still.
I took subnetting practice exams with a calculator and I do it much faster, and error-free. In the real world I would not trust my brain-only to configure a production router.
All I do with the calculator is dec-bin convertion. After I see the binary pattern, then the rest is easy.
Why not place most of the exam on concepts rather than a big chunk of it on being able to do binary math on one's head??? Dumb-dumb-dumb.
And what of memorizing all these router commands, where u have to type it out EXACTLY (on the exam)? Who remembers all these things EXACTLY if not used evey single day?
Should we be tested on concepts rather than memorization?
Am sure many of you have different views - lets have it.