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My Journey to CCENT

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I Passed!!!

Posted by Robert Grimmick May 17, 2012

I’m happy to report that I passed the ICND1 640-822 exam I took on May 12! I guess I can’t quite call myself a CCENT yet because the certificate hasn’t arrived in the mail, but it should be here soon!   I’m honestly a little shocked, because I didn’t walk into the testing center fully confident that I would pass. Even though I rescheduled my test to give myself ...

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A Dry Run

Posted by Robert Grimmick May 10, 2012

There’s just a few days left until I will take, and hopefully pass, the ICND1 exam. In anticipation of my test date on May 12, I decided to simulate, as best I could, the entire testing experience. I started with a Cisco Certification Practice Exam for 640-822 ICND1 and drove to a local library to replicate the experience of taking an exam outside the comfort of my own home. I even tried to ...

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I’ve talked a lot about studying and practicing for my upcoming ICND1 exam in previous blog posts, but I’ve realized that I haven’t been very specific about how I’m studying. Since there’s an almost endless array of studying options available for a prospective CCENT candidate, I thought it might be helpful to provide an overview of how I’ve been preparing for ...

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Not Ready

Posted by Robert Grimmick Apr 22, 2012

In my last blog post,  I asked the question “What makes a person ready for an exam?” After reflecting on this question ,  I’ve decided that I am not ready for my ICND1 exam, which was set for this Saturday, April 21st. I’m a little disappointed that I’ve had to take this step, but there’s no question in my mind that I’m just not ready to take ...

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What makes someone “ready” to take an exam? Most of us, myself included, probably jump straight to an answer like “thoroughly knowing the subject matter”. But as I look back upon all of the tests I took in college, high school, even going back to elementary school, the difference between exams I “aced” and those I didn’t do so well on wasn’t always ...

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As I approach the end of my CCENT journey, I feel it’s only fair to discuss some of the study techniques I’ve used up to this point and how they’ve helped, or not..   In this post I want to talk specifically about subnetting, because it’s both an essential skill to master for the ICND1 exam as well as one of the areas I found particularly challenging.   To ...

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In a perfect world, I would have spent the last week cramming for my ICND1 exam, scheduled for less than a month from now. In the real world, I got almost no studying done. I could give you many different excuses – frustrating bugs at work that made me sick of technology, car problems eating up several hours of my free time, or the unusually gloomy weather in Southern California that seems ...

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No Turning Back

Posted by Robert Grimmick Mar 22, 2012

Well, I’ve taken one of the final steps toward earning my CCENT certification. I have officially scheduled a date to take the ICND1 exam. The date I ended up with – April 21 – is about a month later than my original goal, but I’m hoping that extra time will leave me better prepared.   There are  a few things that I’m really going to prioritize in the ...

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One of the final challenges facing a student studying for any type of professional certification is knowing when you’re ready to take the exam. In school, test dates are fixed and you’re either ready for them when they come or you’re not. Professional certifications are quite different. They can be taken at any point, and there are no midterms or quizzes to gauge your progress ...

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In last week’s blog post, I talked about preparing for the end of my CCENT journey. This week I’ve continued my preparations and have made some decent progress.   My first task was to look into the process of registering for the exam. I highly recommend doing this as early as possible in your studies, because it can be a little confusing. You have the option of registering ...

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It’s time to start thinking about the end. No, I’m not talking about Mayan prophecies, doomsday scenarios or the seemingly eternal GOP primary process. I’m talking about the end of my journey towards a CCENT certification. I have just a few more weeks to go before my self-imposed deadline – the end of winter (March 21) – to attempt the ICND1 exam. With so little time ...

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While studying for the ICND1 exam, I’ve noticed that most of the information falls into one of two categories.   Practical information and skills that IT professionals use every day.Theory and background that is-generally less  or not applicable in the real world.  Let’s take wireless networking as an example. It’s crucial to know the basics of how a wireless ...

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There is a widely recited myth that people only remember about 10 percent of what they read.   While that statistic is probably not accurate, very few of us can recall 100 percent of what we read, especially with lengthier technical materials like certification prep books. The CCENT/CCNA ICND1 Official Exam Certification Guide by Wendell Odom, the primary source of information for my ...

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Coming from a journalism background, I’m used to dealing with deadlines.   Sure, they can be stressful at times, but the stress of being up against a deadline can also make me much more productive. With my self-imposed deadline to take the ICND1 exam by the end of winter quickly approaching, I’ve realized that I need to pick up the pace of my studying.   The first thing I ...

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I’ve never been a great note taker. During middle school I’d often write things down in a notebook or piece of copy paper only to lose it before ever seeing it again. I kept trying throughout high school, if only to humor my teachers, but it was really very little help to me. In college I did almost all of my note taking on a laptop computer. This was a huge improvement, but still not ...

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