Yeah I did 4. Packet tracer itself is fine. It's the way its graded that gets me. There may be 10 different ways to fix the network but if you don't do it the way they expect you lose marks. I think one person in my class passed that portion. Which is annoying since I got the system to work.
Oh I know the feeling of intense accomplishment when you go to grade your packet tracer and it says 100% and all those green check marks fall into place. I tried the four year route in IT for two and a half years and it was not for me, when I started at my tech school I learned more in one semester with hands on training than I did in the time spent pouring through books and rarely touching any networking equipment.
I remember beating my head against one of the labs dealing with static routes for what seemed like days, lucky for me my professor isn't a huge **** and gives us credit if he knows we've tried every possible option to solve the problem and can't figure it out. Some of his most wonderful quotes are as follows, my buddies and I call them Randyisms.
"Document everything, even if it means you have to strap a video camera to your head while taking apart a computer."
After I asked him if he had a spare power supply for a dell laptop. "Here's a hammer and **** driver lets break open your power supply and see why it isn't working."
During our schools lockdown drill "Someone grab me a monitor if anyone comes in here I'm taking him out."
The first time the pc maintenance class had to make straight through cables "Some of you have done this before, some of you haven't. I'm probably going to laugh at watching you make these the first time."
Epic teacher is epic.