Been a while. Pretty much an entire lifetime in the world of IT, to be honest. Since last time I've managed to go to CIERS1 and CIERS2. I was about 3-4 weeks from being ready to do my lab.
At about this time I got a job opportunity that I just couldn't pass on. I had a deal with my new boss that I would still be able to use work hours for studying. He never backed from that promise so I have no one to blame but myself. Work was pouring in and I'm just too nice to say no. So I lost about 6 months.
I have since then started over with doing IP Expert Workbook 1. Due to less than perfect scheduling possibilities at proctorlabs.com I've also started using INE and gradedlabs.com . INE has better scheduling possibilities but to be honest their workbooks are not as good as IPX. Which is why I'm using both. I find that it's really good to use materials from several vendors. I'm currently doing technology labs with IPX workbooks and Troubleshooting labs with INE workbooks. In a week or so I'll start doing complete mock labs again. I'll be using both vendors for this.
I've stopped using Cisco 360. My account aged out on may 27th and I have no intention to renew. IPX and INE are more than enough from now on.