We received this email last week about the CCNA exam simulation questions.
"Earlier this month, I actually decided to take the test. Needless to say, I didn't pass for a simple reason.... The simulations were a bit confusing. I pretty much had to skip all of them. I do know how to configure switches and routers, but for some reason I just couldn't wrap my head around the simulations; they were much different than I assumed. What everything came down to in the end was really the troubleshooting (which I'm working on being as much familiar with it as possible now that I know it was a weak point). All in all, I feel that I will have a chance on passing it next go around. If ever your training goes back down to 99 dollars, I may consider that route, but for now I will continue my studies that way I have been."
A lot of students fall into this trap. They learn the theory and a little bit of troubleshooting, but they have no idea what the CCNA exam will be like when they go to the testing center.
Luckily Cisco have a little known demo which shows you what types of questions you will encounter on the exam and lets you try them out. Once you are familiar with the different types of exam questions, you'll be much more confident going into the exam.
Go to the Cisco Exam demo
We get this question a lot, so we thought we would clear up the concerns some people have before deciding to enroll.
Most people who set out to get a Cisco certification aim to get their CCNA, as this is the most popular Cisco certification. This is why our course focuses on the CCNA.
While the CCENT is a certification in it's own right, many students use the CCENT as a stepping stone to the CCNA certification.
Our online CCNA Success Bootcamp covers both the CCENT and the CCNA certifications.
So you can pursue the CCENT first should you choose, but you could equally study for the CCNA all in one go.
All the training materials on our website are categorized into CCENT and CCNA for your convenience.
To begin your free trial of our online CCNA Success Bootcamp simply enter your name and email on our homepage.
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.
Cisco are making some big changes to the CCNA and CCENT certifications from 1st October 2013. Here is an infographic detailing all the changes to the CCNA.
The CCENT used to be a stepping stone certification that got you half way toward the CCNA, and this hasn't changed, what has changed are the syllabuses for the ICND1(CCENT exam) and ICND2.
The new CCENT syllabus is roughly equilvalent to the current CCNA syllabus, which will make the CCENT a much harder exam come October. The ICND2 has also been changed to include some topics from the CCNP with a big focus on troubleshooting.
By making these changes Cisco has positioned the CCENT as being their core network certification. Once you complete the ICND1 and get your CCENT you are free to continue your studies along your chosen speciality, by either studying for the CCNA Voice, CCNA Wireless, or CCNA Routing & Switching.
The problem with these changes for students, is that employers are aware of the CCNA, they understand that it's a tough certification and they can conclude that you must know your networking to a high level if you have a CCNA. But the same doesn't apply with the CCENT. The CCENT is a fairly new certification (introduced in 2007) and gets you only halfway to the CCNA. Lots of employers don't value the CCENT like they value the CCNA. Hopefully this will change, but in the short term at least, you are going to have to work much harder to get the CCNA Routing & Switching certification which employers are looking for.
This is why we are encouraging all those who are interesting in getting their CCNA certification to get it before 30 September this year. You'll save yourself a lot of time and effort and achieve the same certification as those who take the exam after that date.
We've received lots of questions concerning the changes Cisco is making to the CCNA exam and syllabus, so we thought we'd post answers to the most common queries.
What changes are Cisco making to the CCNA?
Cisco has made some changes to Associate-level certifications and also renamed the CCNA certification to CCNA Routing and Switching certification.
The CCNA certification has changed from a foundation certification to a concentration certification.
How is the CCNA Routing and Switching different from the current CCNA?
CCNA Routing and Switching is the same certification as the CCNA, however the syllabuses for ICND1, ICND2 and CCNA Composite have been changed to keep up with technology advancements and job roles.
Are the CCNA Routing and Switching exams changing?
Yes, the exams are changing due to the new syllabuses. The current CCNA/CCENT/ICND2 exams will be retired on September 30, 2013.
How are the new exams harder than the current versions?
Yes, Cisco has taken topics from the ICND2 and included them in the ICND1 exam, such as OSPF, NAT, IPv6 and VLSM subnetting, making the CCENT certification a much tougher assignment.
The new ICND2 exam will include some topics from the CCNP such as multi-area OSPF, OSPF3, Sysylog, Netflow and EtherChannel. This really makes the CCNA Routing and Switching certificate a hard-to-get cert.
Can I mix and match the current exams with newer exams to achieve CCNA Routing and Switching?
Yes, you can mix current ICND1 exam with newer ICND2 exam or vice versa. However, note that several topics have been added to the new ICND1 and ICND2 syllabus. So if you take the new versions of these exams then you need to be prepared to answer questions on the new topics.
What has changed between the current ICND1, ICND2, and CCNA Composite exams and the newer versions of these exams?
To ensure the certifications are up-to-date with current technology, some older topics have been removed from the syllabus and several new topics have been added.
If you take the new versions of these exams then you need to be prepared to answer questions on the new topics.
What new topics are in the new CCNA Routing and Switching exam?
- SNMP v1 and V2
- NTP (Network Time Protocol)
- More emphasis on IPv6
- High availability via FHRP
- Be able to troubleshooting everything!
Have I wasted my time learning the current CCNA?
No, the fundamentals of networking do not change, the new exams include some new topics and some have been removed, but the bulk of the syllabus will remain unchanged.
I bought a training package from your company recently, is it up-to-date?
Yes. So as long as you take your exams by 30 September 2013 and pass you will be CCNA certified. Your goal should be to pass by 30 September 2013, which gives you 6 months. We will update our training materials for the new syllabus in due course should you need to sit the new exam.
Should I stop my studies and wait to study the new version?
We advise you to continue studying and aim to take the exam before 30 September 2013. If you wait for the new version you will only delay your career. You'll probably have to start studying from the beginning again, and the new exam will be tougher than the current version.
Is the ICND2 exam required to achieve the CCNA Wireless, CCNA Voice, or CCNA Security certifications?
No. From March 26, 2013, you will only need to pass the ICND2 exam to achieve the CCNA Routing and Switching. You will only need to have a valid CCENT as a prerequisite for CCNA Wireless, CCNA Voice, or CCNA Security certifications.
Is the ICND2 exam required to achieve the CCDA certification?
No. From October 1, 2013, you will only need to have a valid CCENT, or CCNA Routing and Switching or any CCIE certification as a prerequisite.
My CCNA expires within 12 months, what should I do?
We strongly recommend you to recertify before the end of September 2013 before the current exams are retired, otherwise you will need to learn the new syllabus and take the new CCNA Routing and Switching exam.
What are the recertification requirements for the new CCNA Routing and Switching?
The CCNA Routing and Switching certification is valid for three years, then you will need to recertify just like the current CCNA.
Ever since Cisco announced the news of the changes to CCNA/ICND exams in October 2013 lots of people who have already passed, or looking to sit the current CCENT (640-822 ICND1) exam are wondering what these changes mean to them.
Well don't worry, your current CCENT certification will still be valid after September 2013, but the date you sit the ICND2 exam will determine what version of the ICND2 exam you are required to take.
If you are ready to take the ICND2 before 30th September 2013 then you should take the current (640-816 ICND2) exam, otherwise you will need to take the new ICND2 exam (200-101 ICND2) from 1st October 2013 onward.
Please understand that because the 200-101 ICND2 exam is so new, there will be very little in the way of study materials on the market, so it would be advisable to get your ICND2 exam before the 30th September 2013 deadline so that you can work toward the current ICND2 syllabus.
At the end of the day a CCNA is a CCNA no matter which exams you passed to get there, new or old.
Cisco have announced that they will be retiring the current version of CCNA and CCENT/ICND2 exams at the end of September 2013. Read more about the 2013 CCNA changes.
Here are the current exam codes along with new exam codes that replace them:
The CCNA composite exam 200-120 is replacing the 640-802 CCNA composite exam from 1st October 2013.
The CCENT/ICND1 exam 100-101 is replacing the 640-822 ICND1 from 1st October 2013.
The ICND2 exam 200-101 ICND2 is replacing the 640-816 ICND2 from 1st October 2013.