From time to time one reads on these and other forums about the so-called 'cheater' test prep products like test-king, etc. which provide the actual test questions. I'd like to offer an opinion. These should not be used but, in the absence of anything really useful out there to prepare with, I can see why people are drawn to them.
While working on my CCNA I recall going through no less than 3 of the so called "approved" products...the Boson Simulator, the ciscopress test engine that came with the offical guide, and the Sybex products. All of them were fraught with errors. ALL of them.
I spent probably 8 weeks in close contact with the Ciscopress team documenting every wrong question on their CCNA ICND test prep product. It took me a great deal of time and I wondered how on earth they could even go to press with something like that. The story was the same with the Boson Simulator. Bug after bug.
Now I'm using the CisoPress official CCNP BSCI guide and it's the same thing. I have found 5 questions in the first hour for which the provided answers are plain wrong. As a guage of my learning level it is not helpful. As a study guide it is worse than that...if I were the type to doubt my knowledge I might dispose of correct information and just take the test answers at face value.
If anyone out there would put together carefully proof-read ACCURATE testing materials, people would be less inclined to mess with the test-king products. But as it is, I can certainly see the attraction. Far from trying to cheat, I just want some kind of accurate gauge as to whether I am ready or not for the test...and I can't get that from the 'approved' products.
The best I've found is Chris Bryant's material (www.thebryantadvantage.com) but being the kind of person who needs to use multiple materials before it will sink in, I'm finding it hard if not impossible to come up with other legitimate sources.
Maybe if Cisco didn't change the material so frequently, the authors would have more time to build a stable product. I suspect the deadline to 'get to market' with the next version is so tight that there's not time to review the materials for accuracy.
Yes, I've been on-line and downloaded the most current version. As with the CCNP guide, it makes no difference.
So, how about it Cisco? Could we look forward at some time in the future to your 'official' guide at least being accurate?