CCNA Material – What you should Ace the Exam

The CCNA Certification Exam (640-802 CCNA) has evolved over time and it is no more sufficient to just depend on one sort of CCNA study material (usually books) to prepare for the exam. I am going to outline several CCNA preparation materials which are crucial if you want to ace the exam through self-study.
1. CCNA Books
Progettare Le Reti
I regard CCNA books because the must-have resource for CCNA exam preparation. The Sybex books (Todd Lammle) and the Cisco Press titles (exam preparation and self-study) will be the most popular and authoritative. Ensure that you get a book that is updated with the most recent exam syllabus.
2. CCNA Lab Simulation or Lab Equipment
Given the amount of emphasis on the 2-3 CCNA simulation questions in the actual exam, it is important to get some good hands-on experience in the configuration of Cisco IOS devices. If you are lucky enough to get usage of actual lab equipment, that might be ideal. However, for the normal CCNA candidate real equipment wouldn’t normally be an option. Thankfully there are several cost effective CCNA simulators around which cover sufficient ground for the exam.
3. Practice Exams
Time management is really important during the CCNA exam. Typically you will need to answer 50-60 questions in a 90 minute period. This includes 2-3 simulation questions and many other time consuming questions. The very best practice exams have a simulation engine to permit for you to get a feel for the real exam. Some of the good CCNA books also come incorporated with a simulation engine and practice test questions.
4. Audio/Video CCNA Material (Optional)
Although I have marked this as optional, I have found that lots of CCNA candidates have very little time and energy to study for the exam, because of other commitments. One extremely useful way I have found is to study through the long commute to work or school. There are now packages out there which enable you to place the CCNA study material (within an audio and/or video form) on an iPod or other media device to review on the go. I have also found that it is much easier to absorb the material presented within an audio format, not to mention that it is very convenient to just skip back to the last chapter on an iPod.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *