I recently took my CWAP 403 test and after two months of studying I failed in my first try. I scored 63%, 70% is needed to pass the test. It was a failure however I did learn couple of lessons and one of the most important lesson I learned was, “unless I am 200% certain that I need to change my answer never go back and change my answers”.
Next to rescheduled my exam 10 days later and reviewed some key areas where I was really weak and didn’t do so well. Paid attention to some key topics where I felt I needed to and I did end up passing it on the second try. Questions were tougher and I did not think I was doing so well until the final result. This was actually one of the tougher certs I have taken so far even though I love and enjoy packet captures.
So here are some resources I used to study for my CWAP Exam:
- CWAP 403 Book
- CWAP 402 Book (I highly recommend reading this book also as the new 403 book is missing lots of information and I believe the older CWAP 402 book is really well written and organized
- MRN CCIE Blog
- Revolution Wi-Fi Blog – Wireless QoS
- Packet-Foo – Excellent blog on Wireshark and packet captures
- SemFio Networks Blog – Some more great information on frame captures
- Oreilly – Beamforming
- Aruba Blog – Duration ID
- DivDyn – Ghost Frames (Great information on PHY Headers and Preambles
- Devin Akin’s – CWAP Class
And lastly I tried to do some frame captures myself and found some online and looked at them over and over every day all day to get more used to how they look and what goes where. I definitely recommend doing your own frame captures if possible. It will not only help you with the CWAP exam but also help you when troubleshooting a client. So that’s pretty much the end of my experience studying for the CWAP 403 Exam. This may or may not work for others but hopefully the resources I shared may be helpful.