8 Tips to Help you Cram for your CCNA

Here are some tips for helping to cram for the CCNA exam.

  1. Restrict your revision to the exam topics on the CCNA syllabus
  2. Concentrate on the subjects where your knowledge is weak
  3. Buy a good CCNA certification book such as Todd Lammle's CCNA Study Guide
  4. Buy a CCNA exam simulator or use our free CCNA test engine
  5. Create a single page of revision notes per topic, you may want to use our CCNA cheat sheet as a starting point
  6. Book your exam in advance to give you some motivation
  7. Review your revision notes and start to memorize the information
  8. Condense your notes, add sketches, diagrams, mnemonics to aid your memory

CCNA Exam is not all Multiple Choice

Unfortunately Cisco CCNA exam questions are not all multiple choice like our CCNA Test.  They vary from question-to-question and can include the following types of question.

  • Multiple Choice – Select the best answer from a choice of answers.
  • True/False – Identify the true statement from a selection of statements.
  • Select Multiple Correct Answers – Select all the answers that apply. You are told how many answer options you need to choose.
  • Select All That Apply – Select all the answers that apply. You are NOT told how many answer options you need to choose.
  • Freeform Response – No answer choices are provided, you are required to input your response.
  • Exhibit – You are given a diagram or configuration and asked questions relating to it.
  • Scenarios – Asks a question that you might face in the real world.
  • Simulations – Tests your ability to fix and configure Cisco devices.

CCNA Pass Mark

Cisco does not publish the pass mark required to gain the CCNA qualification.  Cisco’s exam policies state that the CCNA “passing scores are set using statistical analysis and are subject to change.” “Cisco does not publish exam passing scores because exam questions and passing scores are subject to change without notice.”

However the general consensus on CCNA forums and websites is that an average pass mark of around 85% (850/1000) is required to pass the CCNA exam.