It was a difficult test. I failed it two weeks ago but not by much (758/790), so I felt good going into the second attempt. But the second exam seemed tougher. Luck of the draw I guess. A buddy at work just passed on his first attempt so it just depends on if you get questions you are more familiar with.
As far as tips, one thing I started doing in the last month or so is looking at the exam objectives and looking up white papers and other info that related to those topics from practice exams I had taken.
I took some practice exams, then noted the topics that made my stomach turn when I saw a question on them, then I googled those subjects and found (or tried to find) articles or videos that addressed those topics, then crossed those topics off from the exam objectives.
This at least helped me to get a study plan together and stick to it easier since I had exact topics I was trying to study on.
There’s an ospf chart online that shows dr/bdr, manual neighbors, timers on it. I would say know that really well, and have a good understanding of frame relay. I wrote this chart on the scratch pad they give you when you are testing just so I’d have it handly to refer to.
The failed attempt I had a 17% on L2 tech, which was frame relay. Rene’s site and some top hits when just googling for ccnp frame relay took care of the gaps I had with frame relay. But, have a good understanding of the different configs for every frame relay scenario, with and without ospf.
Unfortunately, you can never be 100% prepared for a Cisco exam as you know, since some questions will be gotten out of a 30 page white paper on page 18 sometimes!! It’s very hard to study for questions like that. Unfortunately, just remembering those questions after each failed attempt, then researching those questions after the exam will give a pretty good approximation of how deep they go on a particular subject. It’s still very stressful though.
I know this probably doesn’t help much. In the end, at least for me (cause I’m a little slow ), it took me just hours and hours of reading and videos. The two weeks between my fail and my pass I think I spent probably 50 hours easy studying. That doesn’t count the 8 months of studying prior to that!