(Update: also see the post following this one)
I started to consider a reread. I was a bit scared considering the very low chance of actually getting the results changed. I googled after the experience of others and yes, I did find a few who actually passed. I also found a lot of posts that claims that 0.3% of all rereads ends with a changed grade. I couldn’t make up my mind.
Since then I’ve been logging into the portal and checked at least 5 times every day. Nothing happened until 2 days ago. 2 days ago the “FAIL” mark and the score report link disappeared. They weren’t replaced by anything, just blank fields. I started to freak out and tried to find something online that could tell me what that might mean. The only thing I found was a forum thread where someone had seen the exact same thing. After a while he had gotten his exam changed to a PASS. Someone else posted in that same thread and said that he hadn’t seen anything like that but he also said that he didn’t get his score changed.
So now I’m starting to feel really hopeful (ask my nerdy-cisco-coworkers 😉 ). I only found one single site that described the exact same thing but it sure was enough to get me going. I was hoping that the site would be updated the next day but NOTHING happened! So now the “fear” creeps back in. I’m beginning to think that it doesn’t mean anything. It will end with a confirmation of the fail. It’s been a month (kinda) since the attempt and I haven’t studied anything. I’m preparing for the inevitable decision: I’m giving up. I can’t do it again. At least not now. Maybe if I wait six months…
But then I wake up today to find this in my inbox:
Dear Magnus Pahlsson ,
Regarding the re-read request of your CCIE Lab exam was taken September 19 2011
We are glad to inform you that your re-read request has been completed and uploaded to your CCIE CCO Account.
The CCIE lab exam re-read result status has been changed from FAIL TO PASS. We are processing your re-read exam fee waiver.
They don’t say anything about my new result. I haven’t even gotten a new percentage so I don’t know how much the manual grading changed my score. But to be honest I don’t care.
I’m a single parent with 2 kids. I work full time. I’ve been studying nights. I’ve had pretty close to no social life for the last two years.
Today I am CCIE #30914 and damn, it feels good.