Cisco CCENT Certification: you shall [not] pass

Original author: Wesley Richardson
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Forgive me the author of the original, the title is slightly changed.

In preparation for the new ( December 2013 article ) Cisco entry-level certification, I used a combination of online training, exam guides, and practice tests.

My first Cisco certification exam was at the end of September. Even as the exam for CCENT certification underwent significant changes. A previous similar exam, 640-822, was canceled on October 1 and replaced with 100-101 ICND1. The new 100-101 ICND1 includes materials that previously belonged to more advanced levels.

A month and a half before the exam, I developed a reasonable plan of training and laboratory exercises. I watched the instructional video for hours every day, prepared flash cards, and also worked with the equipment. As it turned out, I spent more than a hundred hours preparing for the exams, which I did not count on.

In the morning before the exam, I decided to double check the exam time and realized that I signed up for 100-101. But it was too late to correct the mistake. I would be preparing for the updated ICND1, and not for the old one replaced so soon. I spent a lot of time looking for the difference between the two curricula.

Fortunately, certification guidelines are not hard to find. Cisco Press provides a wide range of products, and numerous courses are available on site. I used CBT Nuggets course materials, which offer online training, throughout the training. I found that a combination of web courses along with official exam guides provide the practical side of learning. Based on my experience, video training is especially useful for beginners to new topics. It serves as the basis for what will be further explained in the manual.

My advice to those who will take the test: no matter what you use, make sure that practical tests are available to you. Test your knowledge and use the maximum amount of resources. Repeat as necessary.

This way you can find something that puzzles you and what you need to work on more. After some time, patterns within functions and protocols become noticeable. I will not spoil it - just know that everything will form [1]. Work on subnets and addressing as much as you can ( approx. Transl .: oh, to whom as it is, this is the easiest ). I would say that subnetting or understanding network addressing is what you need to understand as soon as possible. It is very useful to make a subnet chart from memory before starting the exam. However, you should be able, at least vaguely, to describe all the topics from the curriculum that is available on the Cisco Learning Network site.

This is a difficult exam, but only in terms of time. Time management will be a problem until you finish the exam ( approx. Pere .: yes, you panic that there will not be enough time for simlets if that’s about it ).

It’s best for me to work by jumping from one topic to another, which may seem crazy. This probably explains my emphasis on the accumulation of a variety of materials. But seriously, such a broad approach is useful in the future and can facilitate the repetition of the material. Create your training schedule in the most convenient way for you. If you don’t have enough time to prepare, divide the training into parts. Before taking the exam, I built a subnet chart at least three times a day. It only takes a few minutes and helps a lot to remember it.

Yes, 100-101 ICND1 is an entry-level exam, but that does not mean that it should not be taken seriously. Much, if not all, of what will be in subsequent exams will be built around the topics of this exam. IPv6, NAT, ACL, etc. introduced in ICND1 and will be described in more detail at the following advanced levels. I would not advise hanging any labels on this initial exam.

Of course, not to tell me - I recycled tons of new material in 10 hours. But I did.

[1] - After a while, patterns become noticeable within functions and protocols. I won't spoil it - just know that everything builds.

A couple of tips from the translator:

0. Learn English (especially translator, yes =)). If an unfamiliar word comes across the exam - this is sad, one excuse can completely change the meaning of the sentence.
1. Keep track of time during the exam and leave most of it on the simlet. Especially if they are at the end. Who knows how many they can get during the exam. I think lucky.
2. Get enough sleep. (Hmm ... it should be p.00).
3. Before choosing and paying for the exam , check everything : the exam number itself - as the experience of the author of the text shows; Call the test center in advance - even if the site allows you to select it as a point of delivery. I had to pass the exam. Calling abroad (there seems to be no other way) is expensive, besides, you get “deaf telephones” - neither they understand you, nor you.

Useful links:

1. Networks for the smallest
2. Brief notes on Cisco CCNA (part of ICND1)
3. Missing (top 10 useful commands that did not fall into the CCNA course)
4. GNS3 1.0 beta Early Release is now available to everyone
5. Preparing yourself to CCNA: practical tips
6. Step-by-step instruction “How to pass the Cisco exam?”
7. Do you know static routing well?

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