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Re: Cisco Test-Taking Advice

Thu Oct 14, 2010 1:15 pm

To put it simply, If you can teach it then you can test it. That's pretty much what I did this week for my CCENT and it worked out great.

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Re: Cisco Test-Taking Advice

Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:52 am

I have got a couple Cisco certificate so far,
I found too many trainings are just useless, CBT is not bad, however I do believe if you want to go with any certificate it is better to go for practical experience first.
I always start with setting up the devices with new technologies, even if I don't know that tech, but configuration will help to understand it better.
After it, time to study and read the questions!
That's my way and you can see that from my blog as well


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Re: Cisco Test-Taking Advice

Wed Dec 08, 2010 3:57 pm

baybars wrote:They're probably long haired boys. Don't be mistaken.



lol :cheers:

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Re: Cisco Test-Taking Advice

Tue Feb 01, 2011 4:50 am

mellowd wrote:
baybars wrote:They're probably long haired boys. Don't be mistaken.


No mate, she was definitely female ;) I made sure I looked

where? :whistle: :D

And yes, where i take the tests, i am always the only Cisco guy. The rest are Microsoft gurus. Last time i found out that they did not let me to take the test at 9am (as usual) because one guy had scheduled the CCNA at 9am.

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Re: Cisco Test-Taking Advice

Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:35 pm

Just to give you something to look at - Wed, 10:30am - I'm not telling what testing center. :P
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Re: Cisco Test-Taking Advice

Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:53 am

my formula: practice, practice, practice , theory and finally self test.
And do not read anything or practice day before exam. Go to pub or bar or whatever.. ;)
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Re: Cisco Test-Taking Advice

Tue Mar 01, 2011 3:02 am

green wrote:my formula: practice, practice, practice , theory and finally self test.
And do not read anything or practice day before exam. Go to pub or bar or whatever.. ;)


its similar to my forumla :) practice, practice, practice, fail, revise heavy on failed topics, panic on morning of resit.

but saying this, i found it alot easier 2nd time round as you can as when revising you can kinda guess what they will ask and how they may ask it

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Re: Cisco Test-Taking Advice

Wed Apr 20, 2011 12:22 pm

Believe in yourself and you don't need any advise ...just crack it..tannnnnn

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Cisco Test-Taking Advice

Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:46 pm

Hope this doesn't come across as an obvious question but how did you guys study for the CCNA? what method worked / works for you?

1-2 hours a day 7 days a week? and do you write anything down or just review the key points?

In the past I've been a more hands on practical kind of guy but now I really want the certs to bolster experience (and learn a new field ie cisco).

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Sat Apr 30, 2011 2:59 pm

101001101 wrote:Hope this doesn't come across as an obvious question but how did you guys study for the CCNA? what method worked / works for you?

1-2 hours a day 7 days a week? and do you write anything down or just review the key points?

In the past I've been a more hands on practical kind of guy but now I really want the certs to bolster experience (and learn a new field ie cisco).


- Watched CBT nuggets (no notes)
- Read Lammle's guide (Sybex)
- As I was reading, I would configure switches and routers with packet tracer
- Watched CBT nuggets again (took notes)
- Practiced some more in packet tracer
- Read the free CCNA guide down at router alley (http://www.routeralley.com/ra/guides.html)
- Labbed some more (especially the parts I wasn't too strong with)
- Did some labs from http://www.freeccnaworkbook.com/
- Reread my notes + Rewatched the CBT nuggets for ICND2 (no notes, just skimmed through it)
- Aced the exam on my first try

My CCNP Route approach is similar:
- Skim through a CBT nugget portion (ie BGP)
- Read the BGP chapter in the FLG
- Watch the CBT nugget again and take notes
- lab lab lab lab lab lab lab lab lab lab lab
- next chapter

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Re: Cisco Test-Taking Advice

Sun May 01, 2011 2:42 am

101001101 wrote:Hope this doesn't come across as an obvious question but how did you guys study for the CCNA? what method worked / works for you?


I lived on NF during the lead up to my CCNA. I believe this forum got me through.
- Pete

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Re: Cisco Test-Taking Advice

Sun May 01, 2011 7:14 am

101001101 wrote:Hope this doesn't come across as an obvious question but how did you guys study for the CCNA? what method worked / works for you?

1-2 hours a day 7 days a week? and do you write anything down or just review the key points?

In the past I've been a more hands on practical kind of guy but now I really want the certs to bolster experience (and learn a new field ie cisco).


Read 1 book.
Read another book.
Watch CBT, (or the like).
Watch CBT and take notes, cross reference with books.
Check notes.
Lab till your eyes bleed.
Clean off eyes and lab some more.
Check notes take test.

Most people who fail, fail on simulations, hence my emphasis for labbing.
If you do enough reading the facts and figures will sink in on their own.
If you lab enough you will very quickly learn the concepts and understand them.
Good Luck,

David

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Re: Cisco Test-Taking Advice

Mon May 02, 2011 11:46 pm

Read.Lab.Notetake.Sleep.

Repeat. :)
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Re: Cisco Test-Taking Advice

Tue May 03, 2011 1:23 pm

Ha ha thanks guys, all sounds like solid advice!

So based off your posts - I have kicked off with the CBT Nuggets CCNA ICND1 and taking notes, am going to follow this pattern:

CBT Nuggets (notes) + Config Lab as directed by videos
Cisco ICND 1 / 2 Books (no notes)
CBT Nuggets (no notes) + Config Lab as directed by videos
Lab
CBT Nuggets (no notes)
31 Days from CCNA Exam

Exam.

What do you think? realistic CCNA target before winter? would it be better to hit the Cisco ICND1 / 2 books more than once with the above?

I'm getting through about 1 hour a night study including weekends which is working well for me as its all going in, but seems low - though as long as I have the CCNA by xmas thats fine (I have another certififcation on the go later in the year also) I want to hit the CCNP new year.

Thanks guys really appreciate your input!

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Re: Cisco Test-Taking Advice

Tue May 03, 2011 1:27 pm

I would watch first then take notes.
When you watch first you don't really know what notes to take and some things will sink in very quickly others won't.
So how will you know what notes are important to you.

Target is realistic, imo
Good Luck,

David

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Cisco Test-Taking Advice

Thu May 05, 2011 8:26 pm

Thanks that makes sense, I'll drop the notes for now then and observe and absorb!

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Re: Cisco Test-Taking Advice

Sat May 14, 2011 12:28 am

Read a lot on experiences and am informed.

Thanks my learned friends.

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Re: Cisco Test-Taking Advice

Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:16 am

can we give ccna test more than once?

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Re: Cisco Test-Taking Advice

Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:19 am

You can take it more than once yes

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Re: Cisco Test-Taking Advice

Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:22 am

is there any limit? what if we dont clear at once?twice?n so on..

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