I've just passed yesterday BGP+MPLS combined test so I got 50% of my CCIP certification. Still BSCI and QOS to go.
I took both courses from Cisco learning partners then I was learning plus practising with Dynamips net simulator for many weeks so obviously I knew quite good the BGP and MPLS stuff which I need for my everyday job.
As part of exam preparation I checked some of this "sample tests" available on the net, no need to mention names, we all know them.
The exam was an excerpt question by question of one of this "test samples" that anybody can get on the net. Every question was identical word by word and bit by bit to the sample test.
Anybody estuding this collection of questions for 1 or 2 days could pass the same exam that I passed only after many weeks of study and net simulations.
This is very disappointing for the people who spend so much time and effort honestly studying for the test. It will not benefit network professionals nor Cisco if anybody can get these certifications. Sooner or later they will loose their recognition from the industry.
I concentrate now to finish my CCIP. I will again spend as much time as needed to learn the materials because I need the tech skills (not the certification) in my everyday job as a network engineer.
Up to you to choose your way.