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What to Study to Pass the CCNA exam

There are a lot of websites and forums that try to explain what is on the CCNA exam. A lot are actually very helpful. I’ve tried to condense everything for you. Here, you’ll find a list of the materials that you should study, links to other helpful websites, and a general explanation of what you should know and what will be asked of you during the exam.


Materials you should study:

  • First and foremost you should familiarize yourself with The official CCNA exam topics. These are also listed on the eConfigs homepage with links to study notes and more information about each specific topic.
  • The Cisco CCNA website. While sometimes convoluted, it is maintained (updated) and they do sponsor the exam.
  • The Cisco Learning Network

 

Essential Books:

CCNA Routing and Switching 200-125 Offifcial Cert Guide Library CCNA Routing and Switching 200-125 Official Cert Guide (This is a must have!)
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-- OR -- if you're taking the two exams you can purchase the following individual books for each exam:

CCENT/CCNA ICND1 100-105 Official Cert Guide CCENT/CCNA ICND1 100-105 Official Cert Guide
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CCNA Routing and Switching ICND2 200-105 Official Cert Guide CCNA Routing and Switching ICND2 200-105 Official Cert Guide
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Non-essential books, but nice to have:

CCNA Routing and Switching Portable Command Guide (ICND1 100-105, ICND2 200-105, and CCNA 200-125), 4th Edition CCNA Routing and Switching Portable Command Guide
You could just Google the commands, but when the internet is down and you're the one responsible for bringing it back up it's nice to have this compact book at your side.
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31 Days Before Your CCNA Routing & Switching Exam: A Day-By-Day Review Guide for the ICND1/CCENT (100-105), ICND2 (200-105), and CCNA (200-125) Certification Exams 31 Days Before Your CCNA Routing & Switching Exam: A Day-By-Day Review Guide
If you know that you're ready to take the CCNA a whole month ahead of time than good on you! This book will recap each of the exam topics over those 31 days leading up to the exam.
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Things you should know for the CCNA exam:

  • Be familiar with each and every exam topic
  • Take practice exams to familiarize yourself with the Cisco way of asking questions.  There may be two correct answers listed, but you need to choose the best answer for the given scenario.
  • Review the type of exam questions you will be facing so you don't waste time learning how to navigate them during the exam.
    • Multiple choice, single answer (radio buttons)
    • Multiple choice, multiple answer (checkboxes)
    • Drag and drop (not all "green" items are used, but all "yellow" drop zones should be filled)
    • Fill in the blank (type in your answer)
    • Router simulation (configuration required. not all commands will be available, but enough to complete what is being requested will be available)
    • Testlet questions (multiple questions, make sure you answer them all before clicking Next)
    • Simlets (no configurations required, but you will need to do show commands and interpret router and switch configurations to answer the questions)

 

Useful CCNA Links:


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