Cisco CCNA Exam

This article will give advice on taking the Cisco CCNA Test which will hopefully give you the confidence to successfully pass.

In your preparation for the CCNA test have in mind that passing the exam is but the beginning of the journey. The CCNA certification curriculum will give you a sure foundation to build for other higher Cisco certificates. Do not have the mindset of fear but but say to yourself “I can pass this exam”. Tell yourself that you will conquer the exam. You will serve yourself well and follow Cisco’s advice by taking the Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) v1.0 and the Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2) v1.0 courses. Use your favorite search engine and type in the ICND course. For example, if you live in Belgium type ” ICND2 courses in Belgium”. Cisco also has resources for searching courses. Type in LPCM in your search engine. Some courses also attract a 250-dollar Gift certificate for free 200-125 exam questions.

Not everybody prepare for exams in the same way because there is a sense of uniqueness about us. How boring and dull would it be if we were all the same. Even robots can be created with a sense of uniqueness and difference through artificial intelligence. The point is, for a person to achieve the end goal is not always followed in the same fashion. Vendor specific qualifications like the CCNA however, has set topics which need to be studied in order to pass the CCNA test. How you go about studying them is entirely up to you but make sure you do concentrate on them. These are the general guideline topics which Cisco recommends:

Describe how a network works Configure, verify and troubleshoot a switch with VLANs and interswitch communications Implement an IP addressing scheme and IP Services to meet network requirements in a medium-size Enterprise branch office network. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot basic router operation and routing on Cisco devices Explain and select the appropriate administrative tasks required for a WLAN Identify security threats to a network and describe general methods to mitigate those threats Implement, verify, and troubleshoot NAT and ACLs in a medium-size Enterprise branch office network. Implement and verify WAN links

Each of the above topics carry sub-topics and these are what needs to be digested. A useful way to master these sub-topics before you take the CCNA Exam is to write down in your own words on a A4 piece of paper the requirement. For example, Configure, verify and troubleshoot a switch with VLANs and interswitch communications and sub-topic – Explain network segmentation and basic traffic management concepts – you would do what is says on a A4 paper. This exercise would reinforce your knowledge and understanding of the subject matter. This will also enable you to pass the CCNA exam with flying colors.

After taking the CCNA test you will find that a pass is a pass and a fail is a fail but with percentage. There is no option to go back on a question once you click ‘Next. You cannot go back to previous questions you have to move forward. You will do more damage to yourself if you do not answer a question and move on than if you were to answer the wrong question. So it pays to answer every question since the total score is accumulative. As Captain Kirk said to Mr. Spock in Star Trek, take your best guess. Mr. Spock does not make guesses but if he had to this would be more accurate than most people’s best knowledge statement.

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