Ping the RouterTM
To be the player with the highest score at the end of the month. Players score by entering the correct command for each task. Under each of the 3 difficulty levels (CCNA, CCNP, CCIE) there are several "games," one that you will see per day. Each game is really a task that the student has to try to complete. The task is described in the directions, and the knowledgeable user will type in the right command(s) GIVEN that scenario.
The Ping the RouterTM (or PingTM) Game is really a set of games, several on each of 3 levels. The 3 levels are difficulty levels, the easiest being CCNA-level, medium difficulty being CCNP-level, and most difficult being CCIE-level. Ascolta's own in-house instructors write these games.
A new game is presented everyday to challenge your skills and test to see if you have what it takes. Points are awarded upon successfully completing the game daily and are only available on the day posted. Old games cannot be revisited to accumulate points. The top three scores at the end of the month are awarded prizes.
The more days you visit, the more games you can take on, the more you can build your score. And every time you play a game, you gain valuable, real-world troubleshooting experience on a REAL set of routers, manned from our corporate office.
Scoring and Playing
Users can log on and play with just a username and password.
Each game has a corresponding number of "seconds allowed" (whatever number is determined appropriate by the instructor who created that particular game).
A user's "score" on a game, assuming s/he types in the correct command(s), will simply be the following:
[total # of seconds allowed for game x] - [total # of seconds HE or SHE took to complete game x]
If the correct commands are not entered, the game-completion is never triggered and the game (and seconds clock) just runs out, leaving a score of zero.
To play for prizes -- three $500 vouchers awarded every month, and one FREE class (up to $2,200.00 value) each quarter -- you must complete a full user profile, in addition to the new user registration.
A person's score for the FIRST-time run of game gets recorded, and the sum of their first-run scores for each of the CCNA-level games goes to the CCNA-level "Top Ten" board. Similarly, the sum of the first-run scores for each of the CCNP-level games goes to the CCNP-level "Top Ten" board, and the sum of the first-run scores for each of the CCIE-level games goes to the CCIE-level "Top Ten" board.
Top Ten charts are flushed out and prizes awarded every month. So once a month a three $500 vouchers are given to the person in the #1 spot on the CCNA-level "Top Ten", to the person in the #1 spot on the CCNP-level "Top Ten", and to the person in the #1 spot on the CCIE-level "Top Ten". Then the charts are reset, and everything starts all over again.
No single person/username can be a winner more than once every 90 days.
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