I got my CCNA in 1999 and have just recert on the 802. I have been in the field for ~12 years. The test was really hard compared to what I took in 1999. I will make a point very soon.
I took the test twice. After I took the test I found out about a certain "tool" that had EVERY test question (and the Labs) from both tests I took. VERBATIM.
It esentially was the entire test format and all.
I am not going to list it in fear of driving people to the site, but it now devalues every certification I have come across. Someone was on the forums and bragged that they were CCSP w/ no experience and interveiwing for a job to make $100K.
Thank God for probation periods!
I just don't see how Cisco has not shut this company down.