Piotr Wojciechowski, CCIE #25543
I've been preparing for lab exam for about a 6-9 months after passing written exam, last 3 months was hard study (thanks to my company last months I could study during work hours). It was Routing&Switching; track. I've been using two INE products - workbooks and mocklabs. Volume I of workbook is great. Guiding you step by step through technologies. If you have problem with something you can look into documentation at cisco.com or solution in workbook. It's also great way to get to know what you know already and what part of blueprint you have to study harder. Volume II is good for preparation to get to know idea of lab as whole thing and understand interaction between IOS features. At the end of my preparation I scheduled 3 mock labs to get use to time pressure and way proctors are graduating labs. It's also good you can talk to proctor to get the explanation what you done wrong. INE products gave be good background to study for my CCIE certificate and helped me to pass it on first attempt.