We recently received this email from one of our students after they failed their first attempt at the CCNA exam.
unfortunately I failed my first attempt, though I purchased your cheat sheet.
but I'm not blaming anyone either than myself. I could not get my trouble shooting commands right and the time seemed to fly.
I will be very grateful if you can assist me with my exam on the 19th july 2013
We wanted to share our advice to Anthony with our other CCNA students, because the CCNA is a hard exam and many people fail first time.
I'm sorry to hear you didn't succeed at your first attempt, but don't worry because many people do, you are not alone.
Sadly just like the exams at school and college you need to learn how to take the test to some extent.
Even if you know all the theory and IOS commands etc you need to be familiar with the test format, and if you don't plan your time wisely you can quickly find yourself rushing to complete the test.
It sounds like you've already booked your next exam, this is excellent, if you don't do this quickly you'll start to forget all your training.
Remember the proverb:
"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again"
Take a piece of paper and write down all the areas of the exam you struggled in. Work on these topics continuously right up to your next exam. Try to turn these weaknesses into strengths.
Next time you sit the exam you'll be more relaxed, more self-confident and much more likely to pass the exam.
Note: The student who wrote this email wishes to remain anonymous so the names have been changed.