I recently concluded my Cisco CyberOps Scholarship program on October 20, 2017. With the conclusion came the second (210-255) of the two test to achieve your CCNA CyberOps certification.

I am sitting to write this post after several weeks of having already sat for the exam. I want to cut to the chase and report that I failed. Not once, but twice. Yes twice. I went into the the test having taken the same steps for studying for all my tests.

  1. Familiarize myself with the material
  2. Note taking
  3. Labs
  4. Walk the blue print

Walking the blue print is probably the most important part, I know that if I can answer the material found on the blue print I would be able to answer the questions on the test. It was no different in this case. I was familiar, overly familiar. and.. I failed my first attempt. After posting a fail I immediately scheduled for a second attempt.

My second attempt was ten days away. I was still a bit down on myself from posting a fail but I went to take my test with assurance that I would pass my second attempt. Question 60, the last question of the test. I’m feeling good at this point, I used reasoning from my first failed attempt to justify my answers on the second attempt, I click finish… My heart sank. On the results screen read..

“We have regret to inform you…”

I was beside my self. I was upset and didn’t understand what had just happened. I called my fiance to tell her the results. She replied with comforting words, she assured me that I was still a great engineer despite failing the test. I felt embarrassed. An NP level engineer can’t pass an NA level test? I was broken for a day after posting my second fail.

I sat to compare my results from the two attempts. I posted a 792 on both attempts. Missing the mark of 820 by one or two questions. When comparing question categories, my results from my first attempt to my second showed that I had  increased in some areas and decreased in others. Based on these results, I realized that my failure wasn’t a fact of not understanding the technical material but perhaps it was the state of mind I was in when I had taken the tests.

It would have been nice to walk out the scholarship program with a new certification, but what really matters is that I have a much better understanding of security. This understanding will help with my daily operation as well as my career development. I will continue to learn as much as I can in all realms of IT. For now, I will wait before deciding to attempt the test again. For those of you studying for your certifications; keep going, work hard.




2 thoughts on “CCNA 210-255 SECOPS

  1. AJ

    I’m just finishing up with SecOps and I failed the SECFND exam twice! Actually, today I failed the second attempt and feel the same way you do. My test score did go up from 790 to 814, so definitely did better, but really felt like I nailed it this time. I keep telling myself it’s just a stupid paper that expires in 3yrs, but deep down its more than that. I’ll probably dig into the piggy bank and attempt it again, as it’s now personal.
    Did you ever retake?

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    1. Hi AJ,
      Sorry to hear that you were unsuccessful in your attempts, you were so close! I haven’t sat for a third attempt for the 210-255, as I don’t find relevance in having it at this point, but might consider it in the near future. I strongly encourage you to attempt it again while your study material is fresh. Do give your self time to reflect. Let me know when you pass it. Good luck, and keep up the hard work.

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