CCNA Material – What You Need to Ace the Exam


The CCNA Certification Exam (640-802 CCNA) has evolved over time and it is no longer sufficient to just rely on one kind of CCNA study material (usually books) to prepare for the exam. I will outline several CCNA preparation materials which are essential if you wish to ace the exam through self-study cfa level 3 study material.

1. CCNA Books

I regard CCNA books as the must-have resource for CCNA exam preparation. The Sybex books (Todd Lammle) and the Cisco Press titles (exam preparation and self-study) are the most popular and authoritative. Ensure that you get a book that is up to date with the latest exam syllabus.

2. CCNA Lab Simulation or Lab Equipment

Given the amount of emphasis on the 2-3 CCNA simulation questions in the actual exam, it is important to get some hands-on experience in the configuration of Cisco IOS devices. If you’re lucky enough to get access to actual lab equipment, that would be ideal. However, for the typical CCNA candidate real equipment would not be an option. Thankfully there are a few cost effective CCNA simulators around which cover sufficient ground for the exam.

3. Practice Exams

Time management is extremely important during the CCNA exam. Typically you will have to answer 50-60 questions in a 90 minute period. This includes 2-3 simulation questions and several other time consuming questions. The best practice exams have a simulation engine to allow for you to get a feel for the real exam. Some of the good CCNA books also come included with a simulation engine and practice test questions.

4. Audio/Video CCNA Material (Optional)

Although I have marked this as optional, I have found that many CCNA candidates have very little time to study for the exam, due to other commitments. One extremely useful way I have found is to study during the long commute to work or school. There are now packages on the market which allow you to place the CCNA study material (in an audio and/or video form) on an iPod or other media device to study on the go. I have also found that it is much easier to absorb the material presented in an audio format, not to mention that it is very convenient to just skip back to the last chapter on an iPod.

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