Thanks for the info guys, I feel much better now after sleeping on it, I guess I'm just going to have to make up for it by doing good on CCNP
I guess what makes me feel sick (but I know it's wrong especially between friends) is knowing I put in so many more hours than anyone on my course, get higher in all end of chapter tests, practice tests etc than them and then have my friend (took exam at same time), which I've helped revise and taught so much to get higher than me in the real thing, by about 60 points.
one other question, are the questions the same for everyone (i.e. over a given time period) or are they randomly selected from a pool for each individual sitting their exam (I don't mean adaptive)?
Well if it helps to make you feel better, just think that not only do you now have your CCNA (nobody asks you what score you got), but you also know more about those areas of networking than the others in your class as shown by your class results.
As for the range of questions each CCNA candidate gets; I would think that the CCNA question bank consists of a number of pools of questions based around topic areas and weighting and there's some algorithm that creates an inidivdual exam for each candidate by drawing questions from each pool. The algorithm probably mixes and matches all the criteria so each candidate gets an equivalent exam. So while a number of candidates over time get presented with some of the same questions it's a low probability that any two of them would get an identical exam. This is pure speculation on my part, but this is how I would do it
, and the CCNA has been around for some time so I would assume that the exam construction process has some sophistication.